Man Jumps from 13 Miles Up In Space
Roswell, New Mexico is famous for what many believe was the crash site of an alien spacecraft. Now, it has a new reason for fame. Last week, Red Bull-sponsored astronaut Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule 13 miles above the earth over Roswell, New Mexico and lived to tell the story. Watch the video to see details of this amazing feat:
He jumped from 71,581 feet, but this was only the test run. Baumgartner, 42, hopes to break a five- decade old record jump of 102,000 feet set by United States Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger. Baumgartner has another test still in his plans–this time from 90,000 feet – planned before attempting to break the record this summer.
Baumgartner jumped more than five miles above the level that most airplanes fly. His descent lasted for three minutes and 43 seconds, during which he reached speeds of 360-plus miles per hour.