He did it. Felix Baumgartner took a balloon-powered flight into space (24 miles above the Earth), then jumped out of a capsule where he flew down so fast he broke the speed of sound… With his body. That’s 833.9 MPH, or Mach 1.24.
And he landed safely! Gotta admit, it’s pretty cool.
Amazingly, the record he broke was set more than 50 years ago by retired Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger, whom I presume was not sponsored by Red Bull. Kittinger, explains the NYT, was also a “reassuring voice from mission control [that] guided Mr. Baumgartner through tense moments.”
Read more about Baumgartner’s flight at the New York Times.