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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier

The Austrian daredevil became the first man to break the sound barrier in a record-shattering freefall jump from the edge of space.
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In a leap from more than 39 km (24 miles) up, Felix Baumgartner made the highest jump ever -- a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert, Oct. 14. 2012.
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In a leap from more than 39 km (24 miles) up, Felix Baumgartner made the highest jump ever -- a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert, Oct. 14. 2012.

Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012.
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Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012.

Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012.
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Baumgartner jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012.

Felix Baumgartner's mother Ava Baumgartner, middle, watches with other family members and friends as his capsule 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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