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A free fall that is faster than the speed of sound

We can now say a human being has broken the sound barrier without being in any sort of jet. And it was all captured on video, thanks to GoPro mobile cameras. It was 67 years ago that man first broke the sound barrier, when aviator Chuck Yeager was propelled in a rocket plane, reaching the speed of sound. In 1947, Yeager was flown up 25,000 feet. As Yeager reached the top of the troposphere, he was projected once more by a rocket plane named Glamorous Glennis, a plane modeled after a .50 caliber bullet, towards the stratosphere 15,000 more feet. The final lift left Yeager at 40,000 feet in the middle of nothing but oxygen (tons and tons of oxygen). As Chuck descended, his speed reached more than 662 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier at that altitude. Since then, technology has advanced, and thanks to technology our ability to understand and comprehend how breaking the barrier works has allowed scientists to advance their studies and accomplish so much more. And so it was that, on October 14, 2012, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner (A.K.A Fearless Felix) became the fastest free faller in history. Baumgartner reached a speed of Mach 1.24(833.9 mph), breaking the speed of sound. Felix then ascended into the stratosphere inside a Red Bull capsule, and traveled 24 miles up from the surface of the Earth. As he reached the his jumping point, he unhooked his line of oxygen, and opened the door to get a look of the world from 130,000 feet above. Moments before he jumped he observed, “Sometimes you have to sit really high to feel how small you really are.” He raised his right to his forehead and said, “I’m coming home now,” put his hand by his side and then jumped. Within 42 seconds of his free fall, Baumgartner had reached a top speed of 843 MPH, making him the first person to ever break the speed of sound without being in a jet. With 5 GoPros strapped to his body, you could watch as he spun descended towards Earth how fast he was moving and how quick it all happened. Mid-flight, he stated “I have been in a violent spin for a long time.” “It feels like I need to pass out.” Two minutes in to the fall, Felix says, “I’m hauling ass.” After 4 minutes of free falling, he says, “I’m pulling my parachute.” He is now at 8,000 feet with a successful parachute launch, he states, “That was really tough.” Try to imagine falling towards Earth at a breathtaking speed of 843 miles per hour. Thanks to GoPro and Redbull Felix's entire free fall was digitally recorded.
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