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Faster than the speed of sound

Posted by: | October 16, 2012 | No Comment |

Last sunday, austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner made history by breaking the sound barrier after free falling from 24 miles above  ground.

Felix Baumgartner making history in one single leap

The entire process of Baumgartner’s rise 128,100 feet into the air, as well as his fall, was broadcasted live on Youtube, garnering millions of excited fans in viewership. Baumgartner reached up to 833.9 miles per hour during his fall, which is equivalent to Mach 1.24.

This event was quickly spread via word of mouth on social networks, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. His popularity has only just begun, with his Facebook fan page already having 1,219,483 “likes.”

In describing what it felt like to be “on top of the world,” Baumgartner has this to say.

“When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is you want to come back alive.”

Baumgartner was assisted by Joseph Kittinger, a retired Air Force Colonel, as well as the previous record holder, skydiving 19 miles above ground back in 1960.

Baumgartner, grateful toward Kittinger, has said that he has hopes that in the future, he could be in Kittinger’s shoes and help out the next man or woman who wishes to break his new world record.

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