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In pics: Skydiver Felix Baumgartner's 39-km record jump

World | | October 15, 2012, 9:01 am
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 The capsule and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner lifts off as he attempts to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from a space capsule.
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The capsule and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner lifts off as he attempts to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from a space capsule.

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 Felix Baumgartner of Austria, prepares to jump from the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos.
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Felix Baumgartner of Austria, prepares to jump from the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos.

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 Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during his mission.
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Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during his mission.

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 This image taken from a video monitor, provided by Red Bull Stratos, showing Felix Baumgartner before he jumps out of the capsule.
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This image taken from a video monitor, provided by Red Bull Stratos, showing Felix Baumgartner before he jumps out of the capsule.

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 Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos.
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Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos.

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 Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule.
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Felix Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule.

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 Felix Baumgartner celebrates after his successful jump.
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Felix Baumgartner celebrates after his successful jump.

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 Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth Sunday after a 24-mile (38.6-kilometer) jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record-breaking feat that officials said made him the first skydiver to fall faster than the speed of sound.
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Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth Sunday after a 24-mile (38.6-kilometer) jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record-breaking feat that officials said made him the first skydiver to fall faster than the speed of sound.

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 Felix Baumgartner lands in the desert after his successful jump. Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,100 feet (39,045 meters), or roughly 24 miles (38.6 kilometers), above Earth.
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Felix Baumgartner lands in the desert after his successful jump. Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,100 feet (39,045 meters), or roughly 24 miles (38.6 kilometers), above Earth.

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 Felix lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, setting off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission's control center in Roswell, New Mexico.
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Felix lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, setting off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission's control center in Roswell, New Mexico.

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"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive," he said after the jump.

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