Monday, October 15, 2012

43-yr-old man breaks world record by jumping from space

History was made today as Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner successfully completed his free fall, from the edge of space diving to the Earth’s surface.

Baumgartner, using only a space suit, helmet and parachute made the jump, setting a world record for skydiving 127,000 feet (39 km) in the sky. He however did not break the record for longest-lasting free fall.

Called Stratos, the dangerous mission was sponsored by RedBull. He used a helium-filled balloon to carry Felix 24 miles up into the stratosphere where he made the jump.

He had attempted the jump last Tuesday but aborted it due to weather conditions.

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