Skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumps more than 71,000 feet above earth, lands safely (Photo)

By on Mar 16, 2012 in Amazing, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: October 15, 2012 2:40 a.m.

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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped more than 71,000 feet above earth on Thursday, March 15, 2012, and landed safely, as shown in the photo below, which is only a test in preparation for a higher jump.

The Red Bull Stratos capsule, being flanked by
Felix Baumgartner (left) and Joe Kittinger

Image Credit: Jörg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

According to a post by Red Bull Stratos on its official website that day, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from the height of around 71,581 feet (13.6 miles) and landed safely in a field near Roswell, New Mexico.

As noted in the report, Baumgartner wore a pressurized space suit and used a specially designed Red Bull Stratos capsule attached to a 100-foot-wide helium balloon to reach that height, and made the astonishing free fall jump.

Based on the records from Air Sports Federation posted at, the 42-year old skydiver reached the speed of 364.4 mph (586.4 kilometers per hour) during his 3-minute, 33-second free fall before he opened his parachute at 7,890 feet.

Felix, you’re going to have one heck of a view when you step out of that door….enjoy the experience.” Joe Kittinger, Baumgartner‘s chief adviser and holds the records for having the highest, fastest and longest, was quoted on the report before the jump.

“I wanted to open the parachute after descending for a while, but I noticed that I was still at an altitude of 50,000 feet. I could hardly move my hands. We’re going to have to do some work on that aspect.” Baumgartner said after he jumped.

Apparently, Baumgartner, who reportedly spend pent 8 minutes and 8 seconds while falling to earth during his jump, was only rehearsing for a record-setting jump from 120,000 feet high (37 kilometers), getting close to the edge of the stratosphere.

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump (left); Red Bull Stratos capsule being raised via helium balloon
Image Credit: Jay Nemeth and Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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