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Felix Baumgartner's space jump

In one of the most audacious stunts we’ve seen, Felix Baumgartner braved a solo freefall from the Earth’s upper atmosphere, breaking the sound barrier in the process, resulting in one of the most nail-biting moments of television ever The world held its breath as Felix Baumgartner’s ‘space jump’ was beamed live around the globe. The Austrian skydiver and BASE jumper ascended to 128,200 feet in a tiny pod and then jumped out, plummeting back towards earth at jaw-dropping speed, resulting in some of the most breathtaking pictures ever broadcast live. Bankrolled by Red Bull, the mission saw a crack team of boffins working on a variety of gadgetry, such as the LifeMonitor to ensure that Baumgartner could compete his jump successfully without incident. The Austrian daredevil not only set a new world record for skydiving (from around, oh, 24 miles), he also became the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle to help him. And as if the nerve-wracking jump and nail-biting descent weren’t impressive enough, Baumgartner then calmly landed on his feet. Strong stuff. Red Bull Stratos

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