Breaking the Sound Barrier
On 14th October 2012, Felix Baumgartner became the first man to free fall from a height of 39km (categorized as the stratosphere). As a benchmark of how high this really was, commercial airlines typically cruise at between 9 – 12 km above ground.
His free fall lasted 4 minutes 19 seconds. During his free fall, he also broke the sound barrier, becoming the first man to do so without any vehicular assistance. He gained speeds of up to 1,342km/hr. The speed of sound is 1,236km/hr.
These claims have yet to be officially confirmed, but its exciting nonetheless.
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Find out more about the Red Bull Stratos Project here.