Interesting Facts About Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

Interesting Facts About Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

By The Editors Monday, October 15th, 2012

On Sunday, Felix Baumgartner broke both the sound barrier AND the record for the highest freefall. What would make a man hurl himself from a balloon-lifted capsule, dozens of miles above earth? Science! Baumgartner’s drop will help professionals develop new parachute systems, provide info to aid in emergency spacecraft evacuation, and — most importantly — offer valuable data about high-velocity impacts on dirt fields by Austrian feet. But that’s just the beginning of what we can learn from this momentous man-hurling!

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