…and we’re freefallin’ with Felix Baumgartner:
One false start was enough…
Today the 43-year-old extreme skydiver ascended to the upper reaches of the atmosphere above Roswell, N.M., in a bid to come racing back down in a supersonic freefall.
The unofficial top speed recorded by Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos team was 1,137 kilometers per hour, or 706 miles per hour. The team’s expectation was that 690 mph would be sufficient to get Baumgartner to Mach 1 — a somewhat variable standard, depending on elevation, air density, and other factors. But that would handily beat the record for the fastest freefall, which has stood at 614 mph for a half-century.
There…feel better now?
by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott