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Austria skydiver makes record-breaking supersonic jump

(Xinhua)

10:13, October 15, 2012

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria and Technical Project Director Art Thompson of the U.S. celebrate after Baumgartner successfully completed the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, Oct. 14, 2012. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

HOUSTON, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Austrian extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking free fall from a capsule 24 miles (38,400 meters) above Roswell in New Mexico, the U.S., on Sunday, becoming the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist lifted his arms in victory after landing in eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from the stratosphere.

Baumgartner took off in a pressurized capsule carried by a 55- story ultra-thin helium balloon in a more than two hours journey into the stratosphere, and then he jumped into a near vacuum with no oxygen to begin the fastest, farthest free fall from the highest-ever manned balloon.

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