Free Falling at the Speed of Sound
On October 14, 2012, Austrian pilot Baumgartner, 43, jumped from his capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico. Baumgartner fell from 24.2 miles above the Earth and became the first human in free fall to break the sound barrier. The feat captured the attention of the world and was broadcast live on TV and the Internet. It was watched live by a record audience of more than eight million people on YouTube.
“I wish the whole world could see what I see,” said Baumgartner before he leapt. “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.”