The Red Bull Stratos Event this weekend featured an incredible jump by Felix Baumgartner. Felix parachuted from 128,000 feet above the Earth’s surface to break the speed of sound and break the world record for the highest and fastest jump in history.
Joe Kittinger, who set the bar for Baumgartner, from 102,800 feet in 1960, guided Felix through his jump from the Red Bull base. Early on in the jump, Baumgartner faced the same problem that Kittinger did almost a half century ago, when he started spinning out of control due to the thinness of the atmosphere. He was able to regain control once he entered thicker air, and only opened his parachute about a mile above Earth. Of course the entire fall, which lasted 24 minutes, was filmed and broadcast on YouTube from Baumgartners point of view.
Source: Red Bull Stratos