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Skydiver survives 24 mile jump

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner lept into the stratosphere from a balloon flying 24 miles (38 km) above the planet in an attempt to break the sound barrier. He landed safely four and a half minutes later.

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Baumgartner velocity 'reached 833.9 mph'

Speaking to press, project officials revealed preliminary data which they believe broke the following records:

  • An exit altitude of 128,100 feet breaks the record for the highest jump by a human.
  • 373 meters per second, 1342.8 kmph or 833.9 mph (mach 1.24) is the highest vertical velocity achieved by a freefalling human.

The speed of sound is about 768 mph.

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