Oct 15, 2012

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Skydives From The Edge of Space

If you missed it yesterday, Skydiver Felix Baumgartner made a historic jump from a weather balloon that was almost 130,000 feet high. That is right at the very edge of our atmosphere. In doing so he broke the world record for the highest ever free-fall as well as the sound barrier!

From The BBC:
In jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, the 43-year-old also smashed the record for the highest ever freefall. He said he almost aborted the dive because his helmet visor fogged up. 
Footage from a camera on Baumgartner's chest shows out-of-control spin
It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute. Once down, he fell to his knees and raised his fists in triumph. Helicopter recovery teams were on hand moments later.
Check out this video of the jump from Youtube:

Here is a video of a different angle from Baumgartner's GoPro camera strapped to his chest:

This is the best one I can find of his on-board camera. If you know of a better video that shows the whole jump, paste a link to it in the comments!

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