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Parachuting or skydiving, is the action sport of exiting an aircraft and returning to earth with the aid of gravity while using a parachute to slow down during the final part of the descent.

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Red Bull Stratos Felix Baumgartner Skydive From Space SUCCESS. HD  

Felix Baumgartner Skydive from space Skip to 44:30 For the jump NEWS UPDATE: SUCCESS! Felix Baumgartner Breaks High-Altitude World Record! Baumgartner travelled in excess of Mach 1.4 (1.4 times the speed of sound) -- or 833 mph (1,342.8 kph). Red Bull Stratos Main article: Red Bull Stratos In January 2010, it was reported that Baumgartner was working with a team of scientists and sponsor Red Bull to attempt the highest sky-dive on record. Baumgartner initially struggled with claustrophobia after spending time in the pressurized suit required for the jump, but overcame it with help from a sports psychologist and other specialists. The launch was originally scheduled for 9 October 2012, but was aborted due to adverse weather conditions. Launch was rescheduled and the mission instead took place on 14 October 2012 when Baumgartner landed in eastern New Mexico after jumping from a world record 128,097 feet, over 24 miles (39 km). On the basis of provisional data, Baumgartner also set the record for the highest manned balloon flight at 39.045 kilometres (24.261 mi) and fastest speed of free fall at 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph) making him the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.[12][13] Baumgartner was in free fall for 4 minutes, 19 seconds, just 17 seconds shy of his mentor Joseph Kittinger's 4 minutes, 36 second record from 1960. Felix Baumgartner (German: [felɪks baʊmgaːɐtnəʁ]; born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper. He set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres (128,000 ft), reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph), or Mach 1.24, on October 14, 2012. He is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. Baumgartner spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones. Baumgartner's most recent project was Red Bull Stratos, in which he jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. As part of said project, he reached the altitude record for a manned balloon flight.

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