Monday, October 15, 2012

GO FELIX!




Felix Baumgartner's suit and capsule
(Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19943590#panel12 to see details about his suit and for more details)

Felix Baumgartner's epic jump todayfrom the edge of space was a sight to behold.  I watched online as Mission Control guided him through his safety check and he then made that plunge towards the earth! Supported by a team of experts, Felix  ascended in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m (over 24 miles!). Felix become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).  It took him just under 10 minutes to make the descent.  The last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.  Some highlights in the video below!