Skydiver makes 24-mile supersonic jump

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"Fearless Felix" leaped from a balloon 24 miles above earth's surface before safely landing in the New Mexico desert Sunday afternoon, breaking the mark for the highest-ever skydive.

Fourty-three-year-old Austrailian Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,000 feet above the earth's surface around 12 p.m. MT and safely landed 20 minutes later, according to Scientific American.

With the jump, Baumgartner became the first man to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or spacecraft, the Star Tribune reported. Baumgartner shattered the supersonic barrier- which is 690 mph- reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 mph, according to the Star Tribune.

While the journey lasted 20 minutes, Baumgartner spent only 4 minutes and 20 seconds in free fall, before his parachute deployed, according to Scientific American.

Baumgartner's mission- known as Red Bull Stratos- coincentally came on the 65th anniversary of the day that U.S. test pilot Chuck Yager became the first man to break the sound barrier in a jet, according to the Star Tribune.

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