Baumgartner fell at Mach 1.25

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Cape Canaveral - Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner was faster than he or anyone else thought when he jumped from 37km up.

According to the official numbers released on Monday, the Austrian parachutist known as "Fearless Felix" reached 1 357km/h during his jump in October 2012 . 

That's equivalent to Mach 1.25, or 1.25 times the speed of sound.

His top speed initially was estimated at 1 342km/h or Mach 1.24.

Either way, he became the first human to break the sound barrier with only his body.

Baumgartner was supersonic for a half-minute during the jump over New Mexico. His heart rate remained below 185 beats a minute, and his breathing was fairly steady.


- AP
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