Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Freefalls 24 Miles From the Edge of Space, Sets World Records During Red Bull Stratos Mission


Today, for the Red Bull Stratos mission, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from a pressurized capsule more than 24 miles up in the air (at the edge of space) down to Earth. This historic mission set world records for highest manned balloon flight and the highest freefall. It was broadcast live on YouTube. CNET has the full story. Congratulations Felix!

Information from Red Bull Stratos on Facebook:

Felix has landed safely from his jump from the Stratosphere.

Preliminary Figures, official data TBC:

Altitude: 128,097 ft
Duration of freefall: 4:19
Total jump time: 9:03
Speed: 1137 kmh

UPDATE (10/14/2012): video footage of the jump has been released by Red Bull Stratos.

Felix landed

Felix landing




At the edge

Coming out

The door is open

images via Red Bull Stratos livefeed/screenshots by Rusty Blazenhoff

Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff