Fearless Austrian Felix Baumgartner has completed a record-breaking skydive from 24 miles above Earth
ROSWELL, NM -- Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner successfully completed a skydive from 24 miles above the eastern New Mexico desert on Sunday, breaking several world records in the process.
Baumgartner, known as "fearless Felix", jumped from a capsule 128,097 feet above ground - the highest-ever jump for a skydiver. A helium balloon had carried the Austrian to the 24-mile altitude, making it the highest human balloon flight in history.
During free fall, he reached a super-sonic speed of 833.9 mph, hitting Mach 1.24, making Baumgartner the first person to break the sound barrier without the protection of being inside an aircraft.
Following his nine-minute fall, fearless Felix activated his parachute as he neared Earth and gently glided into the desert east of Roswell, New Mexico, to perform an effortless landing.
"On the step, I felt that the whole world is watching," Baumgartner said after the jump.
"I said I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing."
Baumgartner's jump was watched live by more than eight million people on Google's YouTube website, breaking the site's record for the largest number of concurrent live video streams.
The jump coincided with the 65th anniversary of American pilot Chuck Yeager breaking the speed of sound.