Monday, October 15, 2012
Mission Highlights Of Baumgartner's Jump
Looks like Neil Armstrong had one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind... and Felix Baumgartner had the biggest step ever taken by man.
He's the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft. He did this by stepping out of a capsule that reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth after being lifted up by an ultra thin helium balloon.
Baumgartner's accomplishment yesterday happened on the 65th anniversary of the day that a U.S. test pilot, Chuck Yeager, became the first person to officially break the sound barrier in a jet.
Bravo to all involved!
The data collected in this endeavor will no doubt be put to use by scientists worldwide.