Freefall From The Edge Of Space: Felix Baumgartner

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Adrenaline junkie and Red Bull test pilot, Felix Baumgartner made history again yesterday by performing the highest freefall on record. Less than a year after his previous record-setting jump, and 65 years after legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in his Bell X-1, Baumgartner broke the same barrier and reached an estimated speed of 833.9mph, wearing only a space suit. Baumgartner stepped off the platform of his Red Bull Stratos capsule, 27 miles (128,100 feet) above the earth to begin the four-plus minute journey straight down. “The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly,” Baumgartner says, “I thought I’d just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness. I didn’t feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We’ll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”

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[via Red Bull Stratos]