Skydiver breaks speed of sound

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An extreme sports athlete landed on Earth after a 24-mile jump above New Mexico on Sunday, broke the record for the highest ever free-fall and went faster than the speed of sound, BBC News said.

Austrian Felix Baumgartner, 43, reached a speed of 833.9 miles per hour in his dive, BBC News said. The fall took under 10 minutes and he used a parachute for the last few thousand feet, BBC News said.

"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 about gaining scientific date," Baumgartner said to CBS News. "The only thing you want is come back alive."

Baumgartner had prepared for this dive for five years and had made two preparation jumps, CBS News said. He planned this jump to be the last jump of his career and plans to fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting mission in the future, CBS News said.

His feat attracted millions of viewers on many forms of social media, CBS News said. Almost 7.3 million viewers watched as Baumgartner ascended and the subject also dominated half the worldwide trending topics on Twitter, CBS News said.

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