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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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Cheryl A.    

No picture for the last half hour. Ho Hum.

741 days ago
17.

JMP    

GO FELIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

741 days ago
18.

Mike44090    

YES!!!!!! He is safely back on Earth...did he break the sound barrier?

741 days ago
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Stacy    

Landed gracefully it was nice.Was hoping to see the wings.

741 days ago
20.

Jannie    

Balls of steel. Now I want to jump.

741 days ago
21.

rico    

Hes an idiot.

741 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

damn, he made it..i wanted to see him go SPLAT

741 days ago
23.

Wow ...    

Simply amazing! Job well done. Congratulations!!!!

741 days ago
24.

charles    

Red Bull web site didn't work from here where I live...but TMZ did!

741 days ago
25.

adelle    

Pretty cool. And who ever said something about his suit--and how it wasn't "real" sky diving.....LOLOLOL...,...he kind of needed it dude. If he didn't have the suit, or even if the suit malfunctions, there's this pesky little thing called atmospheric pressure....which would have caused him to die...if you think that suit makes him less of a "real skydiving" than you can jump out from that height and let's see how well you handle it without that suit....lol.

741 days ago
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JMP    

He must have balls as big as that damn ballon he got up with... unbelievable!

741 days ago
27.

liquidbabydoll    

Thats wonderful! amazing feet! bet it was incredible experience

741 days ago
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Jay     

Thanks for the coverage TMZ. Filing tax retunrns for clients today and it was a great diversion

741 days ago
29.

charles    

takes the meaning of the new James Bond film -"Skyfall" - to a new level

741 days ago
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cindy    

Notice he didnt drink a Red Bull when he landed but had a water instead.

741 days ago
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