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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just for fun: Space jump!

On Sunday, Felix Baumgartner performed a record breaking space jump. He jumped from the greatest height ever and was the first to break the sound barrier in free fall. He was carried to a height of 39 km in a capsule suspended from a gigantic helium balloon. He free-fell for over four minutes, reaching a top speed of 1,342.8 km/hour (mach 1.24, or 1.24 times the speed of sound) before his parachute successfully deployed. He even stuck the landing.

Not to say that there weren't some tense minutes. As you can see in the video, he tumbled head over heels for a while before gaining control.