Julian: Here is Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner diving from the edge of space.
Fearless Felix took off from his helium-filled balloon at 127 thousand feet – or 24 miles – yesterday, breaking the record for the highest skydive.
His free fall lasted an estimated four minutes and twenty-two seconds, where he hit speeds of more than 800 miles per hour – faster than the speed of sound.
The previous record for the highest jump was set in 1960 at more than 102 thousand feet.
Fearless Felix also broke a record on social media, with 8 million watching live on YouTube.
- Who is Fearless Felix?
- Why do you think he decided to attempt this free fall?