Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on October 14, 2012. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier today during a skydive from the stratosphere, from approximately 38.5 km (128,000 ft, 24.24 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Baumgartner reached Mach 1.24 or 1,342 km/h (833.9 miles per hour), going faster than the speed of sound. Here is a gallery of official images and video from Red Bull Stratos. You can find out more in our full article which provides all the details.
The crane that holds the capsule as the balloon ascends. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
The crane follows the balloon with the capsule at the flight line during the launch of Baumgartner’s flight. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner seen on a screen at mission control center while he is still inside the capsule, while he talks to Joe Kittinger (back of his head is visible). Kittinger previously held the record for longest and fastest freefall before Baumgartner’s jump today. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Screens at the mission control shows Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps from the capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
The view from a camera inside the capsule as Baumgartner jumps. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner moves from his seat to the ledge outside the capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner floats down to Earth on a parachute. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Just before Baumgartner lands. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner lands on his feet and celebrates. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner falls to his knees after landing successfully. Credit Red Bull Stratos.
Felix Baumgartner celebrates after successfully completing his record-breaking jump. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner after his successful jump. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner and Technical Project Director Art Thompson celebrate together after the successful jump. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner with members of his family following the successful jump. Credit: Red Bull Stratos.
Baumgartner, Kittinger and the Red Bull Stratos team at a press conference following the jump. Credit: Red Bull
Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.