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Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner, a former military parachutist from Austria, is the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a peak of 1,342km/h. On October 14, 2012, the 43-year-old jumped out of a balloon 39 kilometres above New Mexico, also breaking the record of highest freefall. He was in freefall for four minutes and 19 seconds and took nearly 10 minutes in total to descend. Baumgartner has logged more than 2,500 career dives.

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Felix Baumgartner's fall-to-Earth video leaked online

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 5:43pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 1:16pm
 

Footage of what Felix Baumgartner saw as he fell from the edge of space in a record breaking skydive has been leaked on the internet. 

A German show called Servus TV also ran the footage captured from camera attached to Felix Baumgartner's body as he performed his supersonic skydive from the edge of space. 

The amazing film also shows the moment Baumgartner hit 833 miles per hour - sending him into the record books as he broke the sound barrier. The Austrian can also be heard reporting that his visor had become fogged up. 

The 43-year-old floated down to earth on a red and white parachute canopy, which he had opened after reaching speeds of more than 1,120km/h in freefall.

Mission control erupted in cheers as Baumgartner made a near-perfect jump from a capsule hoisted aloft by a giant helium-filled balloon to an altitude of about 39km.

"Sometimes you have [go] up really high to [realise] how small you are," Baumgartner said shortly before he jumped, watched in live footage beamed around the world.

He had taken more than two hours to get up to the jump altitude. Baumgartner had already broken one record, before he even leapt: the previous highest altitude for a manned balloon flight was 34km, set in 1961.

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