Man breaks sound barrier

by Ana Ceballos

One man plummeted into the enormous blue globe at 833.9 mph on Sunday morning.

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year old man from Austria, fell from more than 24 miles high in four minutes and 20 seconds until he safely reached the New Mexico desert, breaking the record for the highest and fastest jump in history. An ascending helium balloon brought Baumgartner 128,100 feet above Earth.

The plunge, streamed live by Red Bull Stratos on YouTube was witnessed by millions of viewers. The video reached eight million concurrent views in just one day.

Baumgartner,whobeganplanning the jump in 2005, prepared with test dives in a high-pressure suit to prevent his blood from boiling, his eyes from hemorrhaging, his lungs from overinflating and his neck from breaking as he broke the sound barrier.

The suit provided Baumgartner with 100 percent of the oxygen needed during his descent toward Earth and also helped balance his temperature and pressure.

“I know the whole world is watching now and I wish the whole world could see what I see,” Baumgartner said before he left his capsule and began his fall to Earth. “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are.”