AUSTRIAN DAREDEVIL Felix Baumgartner has become the first man to break the sound barrier without an airplane after reaching Mach 1.24 on his 128,097 foot skydive to earth.
Baumgartner performed the feat on Sunday, 14 October when he leaped from a specially built capsule and into the hearts and minds and record books of the watching audience.
"One of the most exciting moments was standing out on top of the world, 30 seconds before stepping off." Felix Baumgartner— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 14, 2012
He broke three records and no bones during his fall. His is the fastest freefall, as he fell at 833.9 miles per hour or Mach 1.24, the highest jump, and the longest freefall without a drogue chute, as he fell 119,846 feet in 4 mins 20 seconds.
Before jumping he was humbled by what he saw, saying, "I know the whole world is watching now and I wish the whole world could see what I can see, sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are."
We don't know what he said during the jump.
"There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable," he said on landing. "That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound."
Millions of people watched him jump live on television news channels and on Youtube, where at a peak over eight million concurrent live streams were being viewed. µ
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