This is What Skydiving From the Edge of Space Looks Like

“I know the whole world is watching now. And I wish the world could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to get up really high to understand how small you really are. I’m going home now.” — Felix Baumgartner

Last week, we told you about skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s preparation to break the world record for the highest sky dive ever. Well, in case you missed all the excitement on Facebook yesterday… he did it!

Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner made history by jumping out of a balloon at the edge of space, approximately 128,100 feet (24.2 miles, 39 kilometers) above Roswell, New Mexico. Felix landed safely on the ground and successfully broke three world records: (1) The highest manned balloon flight,  (2) the highest skydive free fall ever, and (3) the first person to break the speed of sound without mechanical aid (holy mole!)

Here are the exact stats on the jump:

  • Jump altitude: 128,100 feet (24.2mi, 39km, the middle of the stratosphere)
  • Free fall distance: 119,846 feet (22.7mi, 36.5km)
  • Free fall time: 4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Max velocity: 373 meters per second, or 833.9 mph (1342 kph)

And an awesome re-cap of the stratospheric skydive from the good folks at Extreme Tech:

Here’s what it looked like from his head-cam:

All photos via Extreme Tech