History was made yesterday when Austrian daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, broke the sound barrier in a record breaking freefall from the edge of space.
Baumgartner fell for over 39 kilometers and reached a top speed of 1,342 kilometers per hour, which is 1.24 times the speed of sound. This amounted to a freefall of 4 minutes and 20 seconds until his parachute opened and he landed safely in the desert in New Mexico, USA.
The intrepid record breaker was raised up to an altitude of 128,097 feet by huge balloon filled with helium. Baumgartner told ServusTV in Austria that he had been preparing for the jump for 7 years. Despite there being a glitz in his helmet at the last minute Baumgartner decided to go ahead with the jump.
The Austrian managed to break 3 records yesterday: the highest freefall jump, the fastest freefall speed and the highest balloon flight by a human.
After he had safely reached ground Baumgartner had the following to say about stepping out of a capsule so high above Earth: “When you’re standing there on top of the world you become so humble… The only thing is you want to come back alive.”
The jump also happened to fall on the 65th anniversary of the American pilot, Chuck Yeager, breaking the speed of sound.
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