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Profile: 'Fearless Felix' Baumgartner no stranger to danger

Felix Baumgartner jumps out of his capsule from more than 39 kilometres above the earth. Photo: AP

“Fearless Felix” Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil who stunned fans around the world on Sunday by breaking the sound barrier in a hair-raising dive from the fringe of space, was “born to fly”.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier

Felix Baumgartner with technical project director Art Thompson after the jump. Photo: AFP

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking leap from the edge of space, landing safely in the New Mexico desert after freefalling from more than 39 kilometres above the earth. The 43-year-old floated down to earth on a red and white parachute canopy, which he had opened after reaching speeds of 1,342km/h in freefall.

15 Oct 2012 - 2:05pm

World heat record declared wrong 90 years on

The world's all-time heat record lowered a tad yesterday, as the World Meteorological Organisation declared that a phenomenal 58 degrees Celsius recorded in Libya 90 years ago was wrong.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:18am