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Felix Baumgartner's jump from space: By the numbers
The Red Bull Stratos mission reached its thrilling conclusion Sunday when the Austrian daredevil broke the sound barrier... with his own body
 
It took five years to plan Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos mission, and just 10 minutes for it to actually happen.
It took five years to plan Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos mission, and just 10 minutes for it to actually happen.
Balazs Gardi /Red Bull Stratos via Getty Images

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner stepped onto the edge of a specially rigged space capsule on Sunday, stared at the ground 24 miles below, and bravely leaped into the history books. The supersonic dive, broadcast live worldwide as part of the Red Bull Stratos mission, clinched multiple world records for the 43-year-old pilot. He became the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, completed the highest-altitude skydive in history, the longest freefall without a parachute, and the fastest speed ever achieved during a skydive. (Watch highlights below.) A brief look at Baumgartner's historic jump, by the numbers:

128,100 
Altitude, in feet, from which Baumgartner jumped. That's 24 miles above the ground, and "four times higher than most passenger jets fly," says Ryan Owens at ABC News.

2.5
Hours he spent ascending through the atmosphere

10 to 20
Seconds Baumgartner spent spinning out of control when he first jumped out of the capsule. "At a certain R.P.M.," said Baumgartner, "there's only one way for blood to leave your body, and that's through your eyeballs. That means you're dead. That was what we feared the most." Luckily, he was able to gain control over his body once the atmosphere thickened.

260
Seconds that Baumgartner spent free-falling through space before deploying his parachute

690
The sound barrier, in miles per hour

833.9
The world-record speed, in miles per hour, that Baumgartner hit while falling (Mach 1.24)

119,846
Feet Baumgartner plummeted before deploying his parachute — also a world record

300
People who worked on the Red Bull Stratos mission, including 70 engineers, scientists, and physicians

5
Years of planning before the Red Bull Stratos finally happened

30
Cameras used to record the stunt

40
Television stations, including the Discovery Channel, that showed the jump live

8 million
People who tuned in to watch the jump online, easily crushing the 500,000 YouTube livestream record set by the London Summer Olympics

10
Minutes that passed from the time Baumgartner jumped to the moment he raised to raise his fist victoriously while standing on solid ground. "Soon he was hugged by his mother and father," says Zelle Pollon at Reuters. "And his girlfriend jumped up and wrapped her legs around him."

Sources: ABC News, Associated Press, New York Times, Reuters, Washington Post

Read about Baumgartner's other death-defying stunts here.

 

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