FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: AP is now reporting that Felix Baumgartner did indeed break the sound barrier. “Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth.”