'Fearless Felix' Fell Faster Than We Knew

Felix Baumgartner plummeted at 843.6 mph
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos)
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(Newser) – Felix Baumgartner not only broke the sound barrier, he fell faster than anyone knew. Numbers released today show that the Austrian parachutist dove headfirst from a giant helium balloon over New Mexico at 843.6 mph, not the 834 mph first estimated, the AP reports. Which means he plummeted at a record-breaking Mach 1.25, or 125% the speed of sound. But it turns out he jumped from 127,852 feet, which is 248 feet less than first thought. "He jumped from a little bit lower, but he actually went a little bit faster, which was pretty exciting," said the jump's technical director. (But Baumgartner said he didn't care about records—he just wanted to "come back alive.")

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