Felix Baumgartner Sets World Record For Highest Freefall

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Origin of Cool: New Mexico, USA 33.394266, -104.523024 Felix Baumgartner Breaks Freefall World Record


Felix Baumgartner has just broken the world record for the highest freefall. He also broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight as he rose 128,000 feet from Roswell, New Mexico to the edge of space. As he exited the small capsule, he stood on a step about the size of a skateboard and then after a deep breath, fell towards earth. Reaching speeds of 833mph, Felix became an instant icon; a contemporary Neil Armstrong. The momentous fete was not without tension. Felix’s radio crackled on with him saying that he felt like he was going to pass out. This was after coming out of a spin that could have created a g-force that would have made him fall into unconsciousness. The freefall only lasted 4 minutes 19 seconds but in that short time, the Austrian had become a double record holder and earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world. Check out his death-defying stunt below:
Felix Baumgartner space freefall record

For more info on the mission, check out the Red Bull Stratos website:
http://www.redbullstratos.com/the-mission/mission-timeline/

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