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Take a much smaller jump and watch highlights from the event.
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During the post-jump press conference Felix said,
"The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I’d just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness. I didn’t feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We’ll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be."
According to the preliminary numbers he did break the sound barrier. It's being reported that he reached 833.9 MPH (Mach 1.24) during his freefall.
Holy crap, that's fast!!
The fact that he was able to gain control and make it safely to the ground gives hope to the future of human spaceflight. It also proves that 2012 has been an incredible year for science. First we were drawn to the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. Then, people came out in droves to bid a farewell to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Now, we live in a world where a man jumped from space and landed on his feet.
Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and the entire Red Bull Stratos team on such an amazing accomplishment.
To quote @kkjordan on Twitter, "Your move, Monster Energy."
According the jump's broadcaster, we can expect a two-hour documentary about the Stratos Jump to air on BBC next month.
POPped in the stratosphere
Source: Red Bull Stratos