Baumgartner Completes Historic Skydive From Stratosphere
Roswell, New Mexico (CBS) Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24–mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record–breaking feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive.
Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,000 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.
It was the highest–ever jump for a skydiver, though it wasn't immediately certain whether Baumgartner had broken the speed of sound during his free–fall, which was one of the goals of the mission.
As he exited his capsule from high above Earth, he flashed a thumbs–up sign, well aware that the feat was being shown on a live–stream on the Internet.
"When I was standing there on top of the world, you don't think about breaking records, you want to come back alive," adds Baumgartner.
Coincidentally, Baumgartner's attempted feat also marked the 65th anniversary of U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager successful attempt to become the first man to officially break the sound barrier aboard an airplane.