Daredevil Jumps from 24 Miles Above Earth

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Felix Baumgartner became the first human to break the sound barrier through his own power Sunday after jumping from 24 miles above the Earth's surface.
According to a report by The New York Times, Baumgartner was free-falling for over four minutes before engaging his parachute and reached a speed of Mach 1.24, or close to 833.9 mph.
Baumgartner rose to his jump height with a helium balloon in a pressurized suit. According to The New York Times report, part of the mission was to collect data and test the equipment for future pilots and astronauts.
The Los Angeles Times reported that two-dozen cameras were used to film the event. Baumgartner also had a camera attached to his helmet. The event was webcast on the Red Bull Stratos website.
Baumgartner was able to land on his feet in New Mexico as planned.

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