24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H., All in One Jump

24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H., All in One Jump

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A man fell to Earth from more than 24 miles high, becoming the first human to break the sound barrier under his own power — with some help from gravity. The man, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian daredevil, made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet. As millions around the world experienced the vertiginous view from his capsule’s camera, which showed a round blue world surrounded by the black of space, he stepped off into the void and plummeted for more than four minutes, reaching a maximum speed measured at 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24.

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