Derek Howe October 14, 2012 08:56 PM wow, over 4 minutes of freefall, that would seems like forever! congrats to Felix. Martin Hone October 14, 2012 11:45 PM A great effort to be sure, but I still reckon the original jump by Joe Kittinger when he set the record for the highest freefall set in August, 1960 is a far greater achievement. yawood October 15, 2012 04:32 AM I agree with Martin. This is a phenomenal achievement but that first jump from 31km was done without a spacesuit and all the paraphernalia that this jump had.All the same, congratulations to Felix. yawood October 15, 2012 04:42 AM Update to my comment. I meant that Joe went up in an open basket not that he went up completely unprotected. A. Ted Vorachard October 15, 2012 07:24 AM Some one please tell me what happenned when he exceeded the speed of sound? Was there any sonic boom? If not, why not? Doc Rock October 15, 2012 07:35 AM Boy for a guy making history he sure ain't much of a talker.. i saw the whole thing as close to live as possible, and how many times did ground control have to repeat requests before Felix would answer.. i mean.., -Hey Felix.. you're making history here- !.. Can you you try and SAY something? And in response to the earlier comment about Joe Killinger, I recall something about that when I was a young 'un, but wouldn't he have been burned up by the atmosphere, even at * his* lower height? GiolliJoker October 15, 2012 07:40 AM @yawood Surely technology has done giant leaps in the last 52 years, but Kittinger HAD a spacesuit and a tiny hole in one of his gloves cost him the use of that hand... without a spacesuit back in 1960 he wouldn't have been there yesterday talking to Baumgartner. ;-) Doc Rock October 15, 2012 07:46 AM When he fogged up, I could NOT help thinking of Frank Zappa..and the "Deadly yellow snow" ;-) Doc Rock October 15, 2012 08:26 AM And.. one more thing. If we (in North America) no longer have a shuttle thanks to US cutbacks, why not have all our outdoing ISS 'nauts just, well, jump? usugo October 15, 2012 08:35 AM what a bummer! The only big unknown was what happens to the human body when you break the sound barrier. And he apparently did not even realized when he did it!Still, a pretty cool jump!