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Felix Baumgartner

HE DID IT!!!

Breaks Speed of Sound

10/14/2012 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Felix Baumgartner successfully completed his free fall, diving to the Earth's surface from 24 miles up in the air!!!!

Baumgartner at one point fell as fast as Mach 1.24, well above the speed of sound. He did not break the record for longest-lasting free fall, but if the distance holds up to review ... that would be record-setting.

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Felix made the jump using only a space suit, helmet and parachute. Before he jumped, he went through a massive checklist while his family watched from the control room in Roswell, New Mexico. 

The mission, called Stratos, was sponsored by RedBull and used a helium-filled balloon to carry Felix 24 miles up into the stratosphere (around 128,000 feet) where he made the jump.

Felix was in free-fall for over 4 min and reached speeds of up to 729 mph. 

Felix first attempted to launch last Tuesday from Roswell, New Mexico -- but aborted the mission, due to weather conditions.

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Jsmiley    

ok...

705 days ago
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Stacy    

Here's to hoping Red Bull give you wings. ...again

705 days ago
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Gretel    

I skydove once. It was kind of cool, peaceful once you're out of the plane and can't do a damn thing about it. I won't do it again because there was a few seconds of free fall where I thought my heart would stop. I'm sure however this turns out we'll get to see the prime footage, so I'll just watch that.

705 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

looks fun!....

705 days ago
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Andrew    

GO FELIX!!!!

705 days ago
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Stiletto    

Winds can't be more than 2MPH? Good luck with that. I'm still standing by with my 50X50 canvas...if he doesn't make it, I'll have a modern art masteriece up on Ebay...uh..as soon as it dries.

705 days ago
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onelove627    

What a load of BS....his little 'suit' has all the things a space craft or airplane has in it so he doesn't die. SO he's not really 'skydiving'. Don't cere.

705 days ago
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kerrplunk    

I can think of a lot of other ways to kill myself.

705 days ago
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Mike798    

Go Felix!!!! Austrian guys R.O.C.K.!!!

705 days ago
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Nancy    

I'm amazed there appears to be no telemetry being used--this high-flying daredevil has to report ALL of the data from the cabin to the geezer on the ground!!!! Who approved this lame-brained folly?

705 days ago
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Linda Moore    

Great coverage,, Harvey!! Thanks!! This is so amazing!!

705 days ago
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notta    

I don't understand it says he's at 60k feet but he's at 18k miles.

5280 x 18 = 95k

705 days ago
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charles    

ditto. Thank you Harvey.

705 days ago
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Internet Tough Guy    

Am I watching this for the triumph or out of morbid curiosity?

705 days ago
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notta    

I see a scrub coming

705 days ago
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