Felix Baumgartner Free falls to Break the Speed of Sound
Felix Baumgartner captured the attention of the web and the world on Sunday when he jumped from a capsule 39 044.88 meters above Earth and landed safely on the ground in New Mexico.
Baumgartner’s leap from the stratosphere broke the record for the highest-ever jump from a manned balloon and made him the first human to break the sound barrier during freefall, reaching a speed of 1342.8km/h.
Here’s the stats:
Height of jump: 128,100 feet / 39 044.88 m
Parachute released: 5,200 feet above earth
Duration of freefall: 4:20 seconds
Freefall height: 36,529 m
The YouTube’s live stream of the event racked up over 8 million viewers just before Baumgartner took his death-defying plunge.