The First Supersonic Skydiver

The First Supersonic Skydiver

Baumgartner jumped from 39 km (24 mi) above New Mexico, and his descent lasted almost 10 minutes. His pressurized suit prevented him from feeling the supersonic boom. At the time, his was the highest freefall ever recorded. But in 2014, Alan Eustace broke the record again by completing a stratosphere jump from 41 km (25.7 mi) up.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Embarking on his record-setting freefall, Felix Baumgartner had to be strapped into the capsule that carried him to the stratosphere. (0:36)

  • 2

    Just before his freefall from the stratosphere, the heating mechanism in Felix Baumgartner's faceplate malfunctioned. (2:17)

  • 3

    Watch Felix Baumgartner step out of a capsule in the stratosphere to begin his record-setting freefall: (3:05)

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