Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes history as the world’s first supersonic skydiver, falling 24 miles above Earth from his capsule in the stratosphere. This Austrian athlete, also known as “Fearless Felix,” fell for about nine minutes total until he reached the ground.
Prior to the fall, a pressurized capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon took Baumgartner to his destination above Earth. After the arrival, the 43-year-old, confident as ever, gave a thumbs up to his camera which recorded his fall on a live-stream on the Internet with a 20-second delay. About 7.3 million viewers on YouTube watched this daredevil’s life-risking dive.
Baumgartner’s expected speed while falling was 690 mph. A picture of him on his knees after landing, posted by Red Bull on Facebook, brought about 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.