Monday, October 15, 2012

Successful jump!

If you didn't see or hear about it already, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set the world record for skydiving on the weekend. On October 14th, Baumgartner jumped from 128,000 feet (39 kilometres) in the sky. He reached a speed of 1,342 kmph (834 mph), or Mach 1.24! Baumgartner was in free fall for a total of 4 minutes and 19 seconds, just 17 seconds short of mentor Joseph Kittinger's 1960 jump. Baumgartner is known for the particular dangerous nature of the stunts that he has preformed in the past. He spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping. The whole world is in awe of this spectacular feat.