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

Velocity: 373m/s

Speed: 1342.8km/h

Mach: 1.24

The YouTube’s live stream of the event racked up over 8 million viewers just before Baumgartner took his death-defying plunge.


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