Felix Baumgartner achieved the the longest freefall from 24 miles above the earth yesterday. The video was watched by over 8 million people on the Red Bull Youtube page making it the largest watched live stream to date. The Sonic Baum hit speeds over 833 MPH and broke the sound barrier “It is hard to describe, because I didn’t feel it,” Baumgartner told reporters after the jump. “When you’re in a dead pressure suit [with no reference points] you don’t feel anything.”
Because of rapid spinning, he fell 17 seconds short of the free fall record still held by his mentor, Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 19.6 miles up during the Excelsior II mission in 1960 and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Baumgartner also had some criticism to over come before the jump and post he noted “I’d like to give a special one finger salute to all the folks who said he was going to come apart when he went supersonic,” the former pilot joked to reporters after the jump, according to ABC News.
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