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Mission to the Edge of Space

Charles Wilmott
Charles Wilmott
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Created on Monday, 15 October 2012

felixFelix Baumgartner, the man who tried to break the world's freefall record by jumping from 23 miles above the earth, breaking the sound barrier, has jumped from space.

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former military parachutist, floated for two hours in a purpose-built capsule towed by an enormous helium balloon before leaping into the record books from 128,000ft – almost four times the height of a cruising passenger airline. Baumgartner reached an estimated speed of 1,342.8 km/h (Mach 1.24) jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall and set several other records* while delivering valuable data for future space exploration.

He broke the current freefall record of 19.5 miles held by Joe Kittinger. Mr Kittinger, who set his record in 1960, was the only person allowed to communicate with Mr Baumgartner while he was inside the capsule which carried him into space. Click here (or the image) to see the jump

   
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