Felix Baumgartner Breaks Speed Of SoundFelix Baumgartner, the man who tried to break the world's freefall record by jumping from 23 miles above the earth, breaking the sound barrier, has jumped from space.
Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former military parachutist, floated for two hours in a purpose-built capsule towed by an enormous helium balloon before leaping into the record books from 128,000ft almost four times the height of a cruising passenger airline.
He broke the current freefall record of 19.5 miles held by Joe Kittinger. Mr Kittinger, who set his record in 1960, was the only person allowed to communicate with Mr Baumgartner while he was inside the capsule which carried him into space.
As the launch began, Mr Kittinger told Mr Baumgartner: "You're doing great, Felix. Doing great. Everything looks green and you are on your way to space."
Mr Baumgartner's parents were in Roswell, New Mexico for the launch, the first time they had travelled outside of Europe. His mother could be seen weeping as her son laun