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Man breaks sound barrier with skydive attempt

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An Australian man has broken the sound barrier.

Felix Baumgartner broke the barrier Sunday as he successfully completed a 24-mile skydive in Roswell, N.M., USA Today said.

The jump took approximately nine minutes and Baumgartner reached a high speed of 833 miles per hour, or 1.24 mach, faster than the speed of sound, jump observer Brian Utley told the Associated Press.

"Hard to describe because you don't feel it." With no reference points, "you don't know how fast you travel," Baumgartner told reporters.

A 30 million-cubic-foot helium balloon hoisted a 3,000-pound capsule with Baumgartner up to his desired height.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about of breaking records anymore, you do not think of about gaining scientific date. The only thing you want is to come back alive," he said after the jump.

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