A daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever from more than 24 miles up. Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, and became the first man to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth. He landed safely on his feet in the New Mexico desert.
Baumgartner’s descent lasted for just over nine minutes, about half of it in a free fall.
After the jump, Baumgartner explained:
“It is hard to describe [breaking the speed of sound] because I didn’t feel it.”When you’re in a dead pressure suit [and without reference points] you don’t feel anything.”
Baumgartner said he didn’t only do the stunt to set a record. He’s also did it for science, as the jump could help NASA design better and stronger spacesuits for astronauts.
Doctors said the data from Baumgartner’s jump will “break new ground.”