An Australian dare devil and general crazy man Felix Baumgartner is one of the bravest men on the planet. After weather conditions forced him to scrub an attempt at breaking the sound barrier while diving from the edge of space, the undaunted Aussie returned to Roswell, New Mexico on Sunday and tried it again. Felix Baumgartner fell 24 miles from the edge of space, hitting Mach 1.24 (833.9 miles an hour). If verified, Baumgartner would have broken three records: the highest jump from a platform, the longest free fall without a drogue parachute, and the highest vertical velocity.
“These are mind-blowing numbers,” admitted Baumgartner said a celebratory news conference. ”When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is you want to come back alive.”
While Baumgartner did have a specialized suit to protect him from the changing pressures, that suit didn’t have any jetpack or wings attached. It did keep his body from boiling away into paste, but other than that, he did this all on his own. Amazing, isn’t it? A man in a suit broke the sound barrier by FALLING FROM SPACE.
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