CONFIRMED: Attempt at World's First Supersonic Skydive Successful

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has landed on Earth after a jump from the stratosphere in what has now been confirmed be the world's first supersonic skydive.

Baumgartner landed in eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from 128,097 feet, or 24 miles. During the drop he reached speeds of 833.9 miles per hour... that's Mach 1.24. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.

The attempt started when he took off in a pressurized capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon. He jumped from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.

His parachute activated about 5,000 above the ground in southeastern New Mexico. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing.


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