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Man Who Jumped From 'Edge of Space' Describes What It Felt Like


"You do not feel that you travel supersonic speed."

Felix Baumgartner, the man who trained for five years and nearly two weeks ago made his 24-mile high leap from a balloon in the stratosphere to break several records, was recently on Anderson Cooper 360 to talk about how it felt -- physically.

At his fastest, Baumgartner was falling at mach 1.24 -- faster than the speed of sound -- at 833 miles per hour. To Cooper, Baumgartner said, "You feel you are fast because you accelerate so fast, but you do not feel that you are traveling 830 miles an hour. You do not feel that you travel supersonic speed."

This image provided by Red Bull Stratos shows pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule. (Photo: AP/Red Bull Stratos)

Baumgartner explained that he was told by experts he would experience a shockwave at this speed. He says he never felt it. He also didn't hear the supersonic boom that he created with his own mass, because it happened behind him.

"Until I opened my parachute, I did not know I had broken the speed of sound at all," he said, explaining it wasn't until he was on the ground and people told him that his record had been clenched.

The Austrian skydiver met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters on October 23. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

And what of Baumgartner's perfect landing? Although he says he usually doesn't worry about his landings while he skydives, it was a concern this time "because the whole world was watching."

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