World Record Skydive!

Yes­ter­day, a 43-year-old dare­devil from Aus­tria named Felix Baum­gart­ner set an INSANE world record for the high­est sky­dive ever. And you prob­a­bly know that already, because his jump seemed to CAPTIVATE THE WORLD.

Felix and Red Bull teamed up to send him up 128,100 FEET above New Mex­ico in a small cap­sule. That’s 24 MILES high, and clearly put him IN SPACE. The pre­vi­ous world record was 102,800 feet, which was set in 1960.

Dur­ing Felix’s freefall, he maxed out at 833.9 miles-per-hour … which was enough to BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER. The speed of sound is 761.207 miles-per-hour. Felix’s speed is also a world record. No sky­diver had bro­ken the sound bar­rier before.

It took Felix about 10 min­utes to make it down to Earth. That included four min­utes and 20 sec­onds of freefall and over five min­utes after he pulled his para­chute. And he landed safely on two feet.

YouTube streamed the jump live. More than eight mil­lion peo­ple watched the live stream on YouTube, which is their all-time record. More peo­ple watched the jump live online than last year’s royal wed­ding or PRESIDENT OBAMA’S inau­gu­ra­tion in 2009.

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