APNewsbreak: Skydiver fell faster than thought

APNewsbreak: Skydiver fell faster than thought

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ROSWELL, NM - JULY 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this photo provided by Red Bull, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrates after he lands at the desert during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos on July 25, 2012 in Roswell, New Mexico.�Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space to an altitude of 37.000 meters to break several records including the sound of speed in freefall. (Photo by Balazs Gardi/Red Bull via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner was faster than he or anyone else thought when he jumped from 24 miles up.
 
   According to the official numbers released Monday, the Austrian parachutist known as "Fearless Felix" reached 843.6 mph. That's equivalent to Mach 1.25, or 1.25 times the speed of sound.
 
   His top speed initially was estimated last October at 834 mph, or Mach 1.24.
 
   Either way, he became the first human to break the sound barrier with only his body.
 
   Baumgartner was supersonic for a half-minute during the jump over New Mexico. His heart rate remained below 185 beats a minute, and his breathing was fairly steady.
 
   The leap was from an altitude of 127,852 feet. That's 248 feet lower than estimates.
 
   The jump was sponsored by Red Bull.

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