‘Fearless Felix’ succeeds in record skydive from edge of space

His body pierced the atmosphere at speeds topping 700 miles per hour, appearing to achieve another of his goals: to become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, according to the project website. He sped toward Earth on the 65th anniversary of legendary American pilot Chuck Yeager’s flight shattering the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947.

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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, left, and Technical Project Director Art Thompson of the Unites States celebrate after successfully completing the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct.14, in Roswell, N.M. Austrian Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest free fall in history after making a 23-mile ascent in a capsule attached to a massive balloon.

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Felix Baumgartner of Austria lands in the desert.

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Felix freefalling.

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Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps from the capsule.

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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria exits his capsule.

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The capsule, bottom left, and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner lifts off.

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Felix Baumgartner’s mother Ava Baumgartner, middle, watches with other family members and friends as his capsule lifts off.

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The capsule and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner begins to lift off.

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Pilot Felix Baumgartner before the flight.

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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria sits in his trailer before the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M.

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As the sun rises, workers prepare at the launch site ahead of an attempt by Felix Baumgartner to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon.

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