Jumping out of the sky

A 43-year old Austrian man, Felix Baumgartner, jumped out of a capsule attached to a giant helium balloon from a height of about 18.3 miles (29.4 km) on July 25. His freefall lasted 3 minutes and 48 seconds, before he opened his parachute. He reached a speed of 536 mph (862 kmph) during his freefall. This was a test jump in preparation for his big jump from a height of about 23 miles (37 km). He is nicknamed “Fearless Felix”. You can watch the video here.


Did you know?

Joseph Kittinger holds the record for the highest skydive. He jumped in 1960 from a height of 19.5 miles (31.4 km). You can see a glimpse of him in the video above.