Sky proves no limit for 'Fearless Felix'

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Wearing a space suit, helmet and parachute, daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner attempted a record-breaking free fall from the stratosphere.

He landed safely after jumping out of a giant helium balloon -- breaking the speed of sound.

And this is what it looks like to break the speed of sound.

Cameras went along for the ride as Austrian daredevil skydived from the edge of space, 24 miles above New Mexico.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you don't think about breaking records," says Baumgartner. "You want to come back alive."

Baumgartner wore a specialized space suit and saluted before jumping from a pressurized capsule. Within seconds, he was flying at speeds over 833 miles per hour, and at times seemed to spin out of control.

"For some reason, that spin was so violent, I just couldn't get out of it," says Baumgartner. 

On his way up, Baumgartner's breath fogged up his helmet and he complained the air inside his visor wasn't warm enough. The problem was never fixed, but the crew decided the jump was still safe.

"At a certain time, it looked like it was going to be a mission abort because we had this on our what if list if you can't see anything, you cannot leave that capsule."

Baumgartner's free-fall is now the highest and fastest known to man -- but not the longest. While it lasted over 4 minutes, it came in 16 seconds under the record that Joe Kittinger set more than half a century ago.

NASA may use information from this skydive to create a new generation of spacesuits to protect astronauts in need of an escape option during liftoff or landing.

After the skydive, organizers triggered a release to let helium out of the balloon so it could return back to Earth.

The capsule was also detached so that it could use its own parachute to coast back to land  and be retrieved for future use.


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