First Parachutist to Break the Sound Barrier
Felix Baumgartner is a 43-year-old Austrian skydiver that jumped from the edge of space back to Earth just over 24 miles high on October 14th.
Before he stepped off he said, “I’m heading home…the whole world is watching me now… and I wish they could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to go up really high…to understand how small you are…I’m coming home now!”
A helium filled balloon carried Baumgartner, who was inside a pressurized fiberglass capsule, 128,100 feet above the Earth. From there he stepped off the capsule breaking three world records: skydiving 24 miles, the highest manned balloon flight, and fastest free fall at 833.9 mph thus making him the first human to break the sound barrier.
Baumgartner has decided to end his space-jumping days and instead focus on being more of a family man. He has plans to settle down with his girlfriend Nicole and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in U.S. and Austria.