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Felix Baumgartner

HE DID IT!!!

Breaks Speed of Sound

10/14/2012 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Felix Baumgartner successfully completed his free fall, diving to the Earth's surface from 24 miles up in the air!!!!

Baumgartner at one point fell as fast as Mach 1.24, well above the speed of sound. He did not break the record for longest-lasting free fall, but if the distance holds up to review ... that would be record-setting.

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Felix made the jump using only a space suit, helmet and parachute. Before he jumped, he went through a massive checklist while his family watched from the control room in Roswell, New Mexico. 

The mission, called Stratos, was sponsored by RedBull and used a helium-filled balloon to carry Felix 24 miles up into the stratosphere (around 128,000 feet) where he made the jump.

Felix was in free-fall for over 4 min and reached speeds of up to 729 mph. 

Felix first attempted to launch last Tuesday from Roswell, New Mexico -- but aborted the mission, due to weather conditions.

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61.

anon    

Congratulations, Felix Baumgartner!
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I wonder how it felt going faster than the speed of sound?

736 days ago
62.

Kelly    

Why has no one brought up the fact that he did this the same day, October 14th, that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier for the first time back in 1947 in the X-1. Congrats Felix. Great day to be in the sky!

736 days ago
63.

Hope    

GOOGLE George F. Smith (Test Pilot), he broke the Sound Barrier with his body, wearing only a flight suit when he had a malfunction and had to bail out over Laguna Beach, CA. in the 50's and barely survived.

736 days ago
64.

Jackie    

TMZ...we own Televisions no need to copy the CNN news to your site. now back to your gossiping...lol

736 days ago
65.

awesomewave    

Balls of steel.

736 days ago
66.

Meanie    

I want to know how many redneck nutters are going to try this on their own. LOL

736 days ago
67.

myopinion    

That is so cool!

735 days ago
68.

Hope    

I should have said to check George Smith Test Pilot, my bad...

735 days ago
69.

Autymn D. C.    

He fell free, not fast, as swiftly as Mach 1·24.

734 days ago
70.

dick    

Funny, he's names after a cat, who in turn have 9 lives!

669 days ago
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