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Felix Baumgartner Breaks Freefall Speed Record, Breaks Speed Of Sound

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team have accomplished something not even attempted since the 1960′s. Baumgartner broke a slew of records including the highest manned flight in a balloon, the highest jump ever and the fastest freefall ever. Baumgartner broke more than 700 miles per hour and for a brief period of time became the first man to break the sound barrier outside of a plane.

Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team took more than two hours and thirty minutes to reach a jump height of 128,000 feet. Accompanied by helicopters that filmed his decent to the ground east of Roswell, New Mexico. The preliminary results of the jump say that the only record he did not break was for the longest freefall in history.

During the first 35 seconds of his leap, it is estimated Baumgartner accelerated from zero to 690 miles per hour, making him supersonic for almost a minute of the leap, which lasted nearly 10 minutes. The entire jump was more than 24 miles into the sky.

The jump is being hailed not just as a victory for the Red Bull Stratos team and for Felix Baumgartner, but for science itself. The capsule which took Baumgartner more than 128,000 feet into space was equipped with all types of scientific monitors with the hope of making space travel safer for all.

There were only two reported issues with the entire mission. The first was that the winds were seen as blowing the balloon carrying Baumgartner too far to the east. The second was that they were unsure in the face mask Baumgartner was wearing was getting proper heat. In the end the team decided to go for the jump anyway and neither issue seemed to be a problem.

Did you watch Felix Baumgartner make history?

Watch the jump preparation and jump here:

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