Felix Baumgartner Completes 24-Mile Free-Fall Space Jump

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After strong winds and rain foiled his first attempts, on Sunday Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner completed a record-breaking (and sound-barrier-shattering) 24-mile (38 km) jump near Roswell, N.M.

(LIST: Death-Defying Stunts: Felix Baumgartner and the World’s Greatest Daredevils)

The 43-year-old daredevil teamed up with Red Bull for this bold endeavor, known as the Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space. After seven years of planning, Baumgartner finally stepped off a balloon into the air, about 23½ miles above the New Mexico desert, and completed a free-fall toward the earth’s surface. It was a risky feat indeed, thus the need to wait for ideal conditions.

The former military parachutist has become the first human to break the sound barrier without the protection of a vehicle. Now that Baumgartner has successfully completed the jump, he has broken a total of three world records — and with that, he plans to retire.

MORE: Felix Baumgartner’s 23-Mile Free-Fall Attempt: By the Numbers

PHOTOS: From the Edge of Space: Felix Baumgartner’s Death-Defying Dive

30 comments
Jim Andrews
Jim Andrews

So if he exceeded the speed of sound ,does that mean that he actually MADE a sonic boom on the way down ?? Just Curious...

PressPlay
PressPlay

can You believe the Sky is actually Black? Bravo Felix! you are one God.  

Gage Baumgard
Gage Baumgard

Big deal. Master Chief did it from even higher, without a parachute.

Plumbline
Plumbline

What a view........

..........1 Thessalonians 4:17..........Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord........

Ron Pollard
Ron Pollard

Goes too fast but really interesting

Jon Gibson
Jon Gibson

How fast is the speed of sound wherever he broke it?  speed of sound at sea level isn't speed of sound at altitude.  Just curious, does anyone know?

Clara Beaulieu
Clara Beaulieu

Every skydiver in the whole world is so jealous!

B.U.J
B.U.J

 He Got The Worlds Biggest Balls For That Don't Forget To Put That In The Record Books   Congrats Felix

Zamako Zako
Zamako Zako

Try their luck with a dangerous action

1grotz2
1grotz2

TY for your coverage. Great show by Felix!

Mikael Gopaul
Mikael Gopaul

Good Job Felix Baumgartner you made history i:D

Lisa Dee
Lisa Dee

Oh my palms are sweating.

Joe Kloos
Joe Kloos

I wish him good luck and safety!

Alex
Alex

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Elizabeth Matthew
Elizabeth Matthew

@facebook-100000079578164:disqus TY for your coverage. Great show by Felix! $85 an hour! Seriously I don't know why more people haven't tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went,..NDOQESB.Tk