Felix Baumgartner, the austrian daredevil known for his skydive and base jump has broke the world record for the fastest descent by a human from the surface of the earth.
He jumped from a hatch raised by a helium balloon to about 128k feet or more than 24 miles from earth. As he stepped forward from the hatch and began free fall, Felix Baumgartner reached the speeds of about 834miles/hr and broke the sound barrier and was falling at Mach 1.24.
But when Felix Baumgartner was at the speed of about 740miles/hr he was out of control of his free fall and was tumbling in the sky which is a dangerous situation considering the speed he was travelling. But then he regained his control and his sky dive was more smooth and controlled and he could increase the speed of his fall and land safely in the Mexican desert.
Baumgartner said after landing “It was harder than I expected, trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”