Felix Baumgartner HE DID IT!!! Breaks Speed of Sound
10/14/2012 12:50 PM PDT
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.
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.