Yesterday was a day for history to be made. On the 65th anniversary for Chuck Yeager becoming the first man to break the sound barrier, Felix Baumgartner become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier with his own body by jumping from higher than any skydiver has ever dared to dive before.
“Fearless Felix” rode a balloon to an elevation of 128,100 feet, putting him on the edge of space at 24 miles high. The previous record for the highest skydive was 102,800 feet, set in 1960. From the edge of everything, Felix leaped from his capsule and fell back to earth at speeds up to 833.9 mph, breaking the sound barrier (the speed of sound is 761.207 mph). Felix’s fall took 10 minutes, half of that time was spent in free fall before he deployed his parachute. He landed safely in New Mexico.
Not only did Felix break all sorts of records himself, coverage of his feat streamed live on Youtube and broke records there too. Over 8 million people watched the live stream, breaking Youtube’s all time record. That is more viewers than the Royal Wedding last year and President Obama’s inauguration in 2009!
Way to go, Felix!