Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/14/12
Felix Baumgartner  is an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper. Today he set the world record for skydiving 127,000 feet from the edge of space. Baumgartner spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones. Red Bull Stratos is the name of Baumgartner’s most famous project in which he jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere; reaching the altitude record for a manned balloon flight. Here’s the gif of his landing The launch was scheduled for 9 October 2012, but was aborted due to adverse weather conditions, and so the capsule launched instead on 14 October. Baumgartner landed in eastern New Mexico after jumping from a world record 127,000 feet, or almost 24 miles, and travelled at speeds up to 725mph. He was in freefall for 4 minutes, 19 seconds. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; and he’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too
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