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Human Breaks Sound Barrier

Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier

2012 October 14th - Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner became the first human to break the sound barrier without mechanized propulsion after jumping from a platform 39 kilometres above the Earth. Baumgartner hit estimated speeds of 1357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25 during his descent, which lasted over four minutes. He landed in eastern New Mexico. His suit was specially designed to withstand the varying pressures during his descent, and was responsible for ensuring his blood didn't boil or lungs explode. Baumgartner was reflective in his post-jump comments, saying "Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are."