Stunning photos from Felix Baumgartner’s 38-km climb to the edge of space and his 1,137 km/h free fall to Earth

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner skydive

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

ROSWELL, N.M. — Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth Sunday after a 38.6-kilometre 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 about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 39,044 metres, or roughly 38.62 kilometres, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, setting off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission’s control centre in Roswell, New Mexico.

“Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” an exuberant Baumgartner told reporters outside mission control, shortly after completing the jump. He was expected to offer more remarks at an afternoon news conference.

Joerg Mitter/Red Bull / Reuters

The altitude he leapt from marked the highest-ever for a skydiver, though it wasn’t immediately certain…

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