Yesterday, a 43-year-old daredevil from Austria named FELIX BAUMGARTNER set an insane world record for the highest skydive ever. And you probably know that already, because his jump seemed to have the world watching. It set a YouTube records of over 8 MILLION people!
Felix and Red Bull teamed up to send him up 128,100 FEET above New Mexico in a small capsule. That's 24 MILES high, and clearly put him IN SPACE. The previous world record was 102,800 feet, which was set in 1960. During Felix's freefall, he maxed out at 833.9 miles-per-hour . . . which was enough to BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER. The speed of sound is 761.207 miles-per-hour. Felix's speed is also a world record.
No skydiver had broken the sound barrier before. It took Felix about 10 minutes to make it down to Earth. That included four minutes and 20 seconds of freefall and over five minutes after he pulled his parachute. And he landed safely on two feet.