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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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Mike798    

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

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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Sound barrier or a bunch of hot air being blown towards are way?

701 days ago
33.

wirelessmom    

Another ridiculous stunt by a "daredevil". Daredevil: another name for a self-aggrandizing idiot. Who cares?

701 days ago
34.

ray    

the feed was really slow, but it was REALLY cool.

701 days ago
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devilgirl    

Glad he made it safely and achieved his goals.

701 days ago
36.

flubbergast    

just sick. 24 miles aight. :D

pretty obvious he couldn't break both. whether you're fast or you last. ;)

701 days ago
37.

al baby    

Reportedly, Obama was there to tell him "You didn't fall that far by yourself."

701 days ago
38.

Bea    

Felix reminded me of SUPERMAN, when he was "flying" high up there!!!

701 days ago
39.

Patlouela    

Discovery News really screwed up..broadcasting it as "Live" hours after it really happened...what a bunch of idiots....

701 days ago
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Lizzi    

As soon as he deployed the parachute, my fiance smiled and said "He did that so that his mentor would always hold at least one record" (for longest free fall) I found that very endearing and hope that it was the reason behind not breaking that particular record. Tribute to those who came before and helped him accomplish this. Was truly amazing to watch!!

701 days ago
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ACE DEUCEY    

The Lohan Family next please, no parachute.

701 days ago
42.

Emilio    

Yay he did it...now lets get back to Lindsay Lohan...

701 days ago
43.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Hats off to this guy. Takes a lot of guts to follow a dream like that. The logistics of deploying a parachute successfully at that speed are beyond my understanding, but thankfully it worked.


And I don't give one iota's crap about red bull. I'm just glad he made his record and and survived.

701 days ago
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1    

Where`s the mossad when you need them! I`ve got a killer bomb and I`m willing to use it!!!

701 days ago
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Ellie G    

Thanks TMZ, I watched this live here earlier and I thought it was great.

701 days ago
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