Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barriers

Talk about a giant leap for mankind! On Sunday, 43-year-old skydiver Austrian Felix Baumgartner shattered the sound barrier when he made the highest jump ever from 128,100 feet above the Earth. Known as “Fearless Felix,” Baumgartner, who hit 833.9 mph, became the first person to reach supersonic speed (without traveling in a spacecraft or jet) when he made a free fall out of a Red Bull-sponsored capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon. Wearing a pressurized suit, Baumgartner’s descent lasted just over nine minutes, when he safely landed in the desert 40 miles east of Roswell, New Mexico. “Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” an excited Baumgartner told reporters after the jump. See the thrilling experience at Huffington Post.

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