Skydiver Felix Baumgartner leaps to record
Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a top speed of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).
The 43-year-old jumped out of a balloon 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, breaking the record for the highest ever freefall.
It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.
- 14 October 2012
- BBC News