Today history was made as mission Red Bull Stratos was a complete success. Seeking to advance scientific discoveries in aerospace for the benefit of mankind to attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years.
Austrian born dare devil, Felix Baumgartner ascended to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium filled balloon costing $250,000 to complete a record breaking sky dive from the edge of space in an attempt to break the sound barrier.
By doing the jump Felix risked his blood boiling had there have been a leak in his suit, decompression sickness, ebullism where the liquid in Felix’s tissue could turn to gas, his heart stopping and his eyeballs popping out or blacking out mid-fall. Thankfully the only hair raising moment was when he entered a terrifying spin during his freefall which he managed to control however his visor fogged up and he couldn’t see.
Felix reached a maximum of speed of 833mph or Mach 1.2 through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall.He broke the speed of sound coincidentally on the same day that in 1947 test pilot Chuck Yaeger did it in a rocket with wings.
After jumping from the edge of space and asking how he felt, Felix told USA Today:
“I feel super light right now, like I just lost 20,000 pounds of pressure off my body, I can’t tell you what it feels like to feel that much pressure to be perfect in front of the whole world. I never felt like I was going to die, but I did think that if I don’t get myself out of this (spin) I won’t break the speed of sound. That would have been a big disappointment because I just don’t have any energy left to do this again.”
A lego version has also already been created