Red Bull Stratos
October 11, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Mark Taper Sky Court Gallery
Discover the science behind Felix Baumgartner's historic leap, when he jumped from the stratosphere and became the first human to break the sound barrier during freefall, reaching an estimated speed of 843.6 mph (Mach 1.25). See the actual equipment used during the Red Bull Stratos mission—including Felix Baumgartner's pressurized spacesuit and the 3,000 pound capsule which carried him on this journey—in its first and only west coast appearance at the California Science Center.
The Red Bull Stratos mission helped to advance the progress of aerospace safety through the development of a new generation of spacesuits, parachute systems, and protocols for exposure to high-altitude and supersonic acceleration and deceleration. Using knowledge from the fields of mathematics, chemistry and physics, scientists and engineers developed the specialized equipment required to launch Felix Baumgartner into space and return safely. The Red Bull Stratos Exhibit shares the story of partnership between man and machine to inspire future pioneers.