Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner has leapt into the history books by becoming the first man to break the speed of sound in a free fall. As fans of the exciting, record-breaking lotteries on PlayHugeLottos.com we are certain you can appreciate this awe-inspiring feat!
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What Goes Up…
Daredevil Felix has been preparing for nearly 7 years for his momentous jump into the history books. Some of his earlier adrenaline inducing jumps includes BASE jumps from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
His latest jump was totally and quite literally out of this world! Felix was lifted into the stratosphere by a plastic balloon (about one-tenth the thickness of a Ziploc bag) and leapt from his pressurised capsule into a near-vacuum.
The height that Felix reached in the balloon broke the record for the highest-ever manned balloon flight. A height of 39 kilometres, more than three times that of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.
As Felix stepped out of the capsule he uttered these legendary words:
"Sometimes you have to go up really high to realise how small you are."
Enjoy The Ride!
Unlike playing the lottery which, although incredibly exciting, is relatively risk-free, Felix was facing a multitude of risks.
Tearing his pressurised suit when vacating his capsule would have exposed him to a lack of oxygen and near 70 degrees below zero temperatures. The effects of which would have caused his body fluids to “boil”.
The biggest risk of all was spinning out of control on his descent. This could have exerted 'G-force' and made him lose consciousness.
Although the jump was being filmed live the organizers built in a 20-second delay in their broadcast of footage in case of a tragic accident. Thankfully for Felix everything went off successfully.
A fist-pumping Felix is home safely!
Felix reached a speed of Mach 1.24 before deploying his parachute and floating down to the desert in South-Eastern New Mexico. His whole jump lasted an amazing nine minutes and three seconds.
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