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Skydiver breaks speed of sound

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published October 14, 2012 at 11:08 a.m. Updated October 14, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.


In this photo provided by Red Bull, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria steps out from his trailer during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2012. Baumgartner plans to jump from an altitude of 120,000 feet, an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 in free fall, which would deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes.

— Officials say that Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound.

At a news conference, Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation, says Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during his jump Sunday over the New Mexico desert.

That amounts to Mach 1.24, which is faster than the speed of sound. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.

Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends.

An interactive graphic on Baumgartner's jump can be seen here.

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Ran2133 says... October 14, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.

Hope he lives through it!!

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RRman says... October 14, 2012 at 1:40 p.m.

Not 28,000 feet but 128,000 feet!!!!

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RoyDaMercer says... October 14, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.


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oldude says... October 14, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.

28,000 feet sure isn't 24 miles! Best get a proof reader that can add and subtract!

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Ran2133 says... October 14, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.

It seems no one proof reads anything they write anymore! Our public schools and colleges, apparently, don't care if students can spell, write, use good grammar or do simple arithmetic. I see numerous examples in newspapers of, so called "journalists" who butcher the language, can't spell, add or subtract, can't compose a sentence properly: it is ridiculous!!

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razorback715 says... October 14, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.

In addition to not knowing how many feet are in a mile, I'm sure the writer meant activated and not active. "He active his parachute as he neared Earth and gently glided into the eastern New Mexico desert."

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Gwilson71667 says... October 14, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.

24 miles is 126,720 ft. Since his goal was to jump at 100,000 ft, this is probably closer. 30 cameras and they still couldn't get it right!

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ToTheLeft says... October 14, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

Ran2133, you are SO RIGHT!

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SPA says... October 14, 2012 at 9:24 p.m.

Unbelievable! Funny seeing this news post coming from Roswell, NM. :-) It will be interesting to see if the extreme speed with only so much as the suit for protection has any after-effects on his body, though.

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