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+Salty Dog, May 20 in Science & Technology
Very cool, and now there's no question on the record. There was always some question if Kittinger was truly in freefall as he had deployed a drag chute to remain subsonic and not go into a violent spin as previous high altitude jumpers had done. The graphic on the video said he was the first jumper to break the speed of sound but it had been done previously. He's just the first to live through it. It was known the record would be broken but finding a sponsor was difficult. There were attempts to get Nat Geo interested for years but not dice at the price tag was too high. Looks like something right up Red Bull's alley though.
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