Apparently, Red Bull really does give you wings.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, 43, set a new skydiving record today by successfully – and safely – jumping from a helium balloon 24 miles (about 128,000 feet) above the planet. The mission, which was sponsored by energy drink company Red Bull, was live-streamed from Roswell, N.M.
Baumgartner wasn’t just hoping to break a 52 year old skydiving record with his plummet. He also intended to break the speed of sound during his descent, though it’s not yet clear if he managed to do so.
In total, the stuntman was in free-fall for about four minutes and 22 seconds.
The previous skydiving record was set by US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 102,800 feet in 1960.
UPDATE: It’s official. Baumgartner managed to break the sound barrier, at one point hitting Mach 1.24. Not bad for a Sunday, huh?
Watch video of the historic jump below: