On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner, 43, of Austria, made yet another giant leap for mankind as he stepped out of his capsule and jumped to earth from the edge of space, breaking the sound barrier and making history as the world watched in awe and wonder. It was a moment when all of the world seemed to remember what great things can be done when science, hard work, and dreams come together to make what may seem impossible, an awesome reality.
Baumgartner, known as ‘Fearless Felix’, had been preparing for this record breaking jump for 7 years, when he finally made his leap on Sunday, and became the world’s first supersonic skydiver, and landed safely in the desert of New Mexico nine minutes later. His jump came from a capsule, being carried by a 55 story helium balloon at a distance of 128,100 feet, with a freefall of 119,846 feet, hitting mach 1.24 at a speed of 833.9 mph. Felix’s team in the command center, included the current record holder, Joe Kittinger, who had tried to break the sound barrier in 1960 with his 19.5 mile high jump at a speed of 614 mph. Kittenger had held onto his record for over 50 years.
One can just imagine the thrill of anticipation as he prepared to jump, and the beauty that he experienced as he fell to the earth. This is one jump that is sure to be remembered for decades to come, and it will certainly be an event that will go down in history.