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In pictures: Baumgartner's record breaking skydive
15 October 2012
Last updated at 06:35
Austrian Felix Baumgartner becomes the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h), officials say.
Felix Baumgartner has completed his record breaking skydive. The Austrian jumped from his capsule 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, USA, breaking the record for the highest ever freefall.
Officials were worried the jump might have to be called off. As Baumgartner went through last-minute checks inside the capsule, it was found that a heater for his visor was not working. This meant the visor fogged up as he exhaled.
There was concern early in the dive that Baumgartner was in trouble. He was supposed to get himself into a delta position - head down, arms swept back - as soon as possible after leaving his capsule. But the video showed him tumbling over and over.
Eva Baumgartner watches her son climb into the sky. It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few 1,000 feet were negotiated by parachute.
After the jump Baumgartner said: "Let me tell you - when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You don't think about breaking records anymore, you don't think about gaining scientific data - the only thing that you want is to come back alive."
Baumgartner is congratulated by retired US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger. He has been an integral part of Baumgartner's team and was the previous holder of the records for highest, farthest, and longest freefall since leaping from a helium envelope in 1960. His freefall is still the longest at over four and half minutes.
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