ZOO Weekly


15 October 2012
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Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier today after pulling off a death-defying free-fall from the edge of space.

But not before soiling his spacesuit when he started spinning out of control during the record-breaking drop from 39km above earth.

“There was a period of time where I really thought I was in trouble,” Baumgartner said in a press conference today.

Spinning out of control could have made Baumgartner lose consciousness and the slightest tear in his suit would have seen his blood boil due to the high altitude.

Luckily, the man known as “Fearless Felix” recovered to a completely controlled flight path after the spin, reaching a top speed of 1342km/h, or 1.24 times the speed of sound, during a descent that lasted over nine minutes – about half of it in free-fall.

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