A giant leap for mankind

He did what no man had ever done before! Watch these highlights from Felix Baumgartner’s historic leap from more than 24 miles up in space:


On October 14, Austrian Felix Baumgartner or “Fearless Felix” hit 833.9 mph (1,342 kph) while making the highest jump in history. Outfitted in a pressurized suit, he is the first man to break the sound barrier without travelling in a jet or a spacecraft.

“I wish you could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to be up really high to see how small you are,” he said, before leaping into the stratosphere. “I’m going home now.”

The descent lasted just over 9 minutes, with about half of it spent in a free fall. At one point, he was caught in a big spin and appeared to be in trouble. But Baumgartner hit the ground running (literally) after landing safely in the New Mexico dessert.

Additional source: CNN