Oct 14, 2012 06:11 PM EDT
Felix Baumgartner accomplished his mission of achieving Mach 1.24, breaking the speed of sound, in a history-making 24-mile free fall from the stratosphere on Sunday.
Words cannot fully describe it all, so go ahead and watch the full video of Felix Baumgartner’s free fall below:
One of the goals of Baumgartner’s dive was to become the first sky diver to break the speed of sound, and the most recent update confirms that he did.
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After his diving Sunday afternoon, the exact times, distances and other numbers were not immediately released.
In the late afternoon, officials confirmed in a press conference that the daredevil known as "Fearless Felix" did achieve 833.9 miles per hour, a record-breaking speed that is 1.24 times that of sound, AFP reports.
Before the update, the unofficial top speed recorded by Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos team had been 706 miles per hour, much lower than the new record.
But for the very diver, the experience of going supersonic was “hard to describe because you don’t feel it,” Baumgartner said, adding, “you don’t know how fast you travel.”
It took Baumgarter 2 hours 21 minutes to reach his capsule, which was 128,097 feet, or around 24 miles high above Earth, which is over three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.
After the skydive of roughly nine minutes, Baumgartner landed in the eastern New Mexico desert.
Among the cheering onlookers, Felix’s mother Eva Baumgartner welcomed her son back on earth with tears.
When the Austrian professional daredevil lifted his arms in victory after the highest dive ever, it was not because he broke record or collecting some scientific data, but because he safely made it back home.
“Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records anymore. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home,” Baumgarter said after returning by helicopter to mission control in Roswell, according to The New York Times.
“It was harder than I expected.”
"Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are," the 43-year-old former military parachutist told reporters after his landing.
"Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and RedBull Stratos on record-breaking leap from the edge of space!" NASA tweeted.
The project is turning into a BBC/National Geographic documentary, planning to be aired in November, according to BBC.
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