On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner was lifted into the stratosphere by a 55-story balloon filled with 30 million cubic feet of helium. At 128,000 feet, Baumgartner jumped to Earth from the edge of his space capsule. Reaching speeds over 843 miles per hour—and transcending the speed of sound—his free fall lasted more than four minutes. To put this stratospheric stunt into perspective, skydivers typically jump from approximately 13,000 feet and free fall at 120 mph for about 60 seconds before deploying their parachutes. Baumgartner’s mission took skydiving to the next level (and beyond), breaking numerous world records and providing valuable data for aerospace advancements.