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The First Skydiver to Break the Sound Barrier

Updated on October 6, 2012

His name is Felix and he is an extreme skydiver over New Mexico. He is 43 and will be wearing a special suit designed by NASA. The world record was set in 1960, when a test pilot dropped 19 miles from 103,000 feet. If Felix succeeds, he will drop 23 miles and 120,000 feet. A massive helium balloon will take him up to the jump off height in three hours and the temp is a -70 F. Felix will reach a speed of 700 mph in 35 seconds and after a total of five minutes he will hopefully deploy a parachute.Then, 10 minutes later, touchdown on earth.

Of course, his suit and helmet are pressurized to withstand the intense atmospheric conditions. Felix Baumgartner is a native of Switzerland and has already tested the suit in other jumps, the first from 72,000 ft. and the second one from 95,000 ft. where he reached a speed of 536 mph.

What a rush!


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      perrya 5 years ago

      well, going 700 mph IS a rush! ;)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Well, that will be quite an interesting record to break. I do hope he is prepared and that it goes well. What a rush, is subjective to me, but I'll take your word for it.