Australian Free faller breaks three records

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6:04pm

A video is shaping up to be the most watched moment on youtube ever.
The moment that Austrian born Felix Baumgartner stepped out of a balloon on the edge of space yesterday, and fell to earth.
Fearless Felix broke three records as he was free falling.

At 128,000 feet, standing quite literally on the edge of space preparing to do what no one has done before with his mom watching from mission control, 43 year old Felix Baumgartner offered a few words most hard to understand and then, he was gone, beginning a terrifying supersonic dive from 24 miles up.

The day began well before sunrise in Roswell, New Mexico as the Redbull Stratos team laid out the paper thin balloon and Fearless Felix zipped into his high tech space suit and capsule.

Baumgartner is no novice.
He has made harrowing jumps before in Brazil and Croatia from 15 and 18 miles high but Sunday's mission was about breaking a free fall record that had stood since 1960 when Joe Kittinger jumped from 19.5 miles up and broke the sound barrier.

If his suit tore, the former Austrian military paratrooper faced instant death.  He was a guest on the today show earlier this year.Sunday, after a brief burst of wind, Baumgartner's paper thin balloon got the green light.
2 1/2 hours later, he was standing where no man had stood before, with Joe Kittinger on the radio.out of the capsule, felix was a bullet flying at a speed of 833 miles per hour, mach 1.24 exceeding the speed of sound.

Then with his facemask fogging up, what looked like a terrifying, out-of-control flat spin, before he stabilized.  Finally, after 4 1/2 minutes, Baumgartner pulled his shute and floated to a gentle landing in the New Mexico desert.

NASA believes there could be real scientific value in this jump in the cutting edge space suit that allowed him to survive this jump, and the techniques that could be used on future commercial or NASA space missions.
Felix says he is ready to settle down and fly rescue helicopters for a living.



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