Skydiver sets record with jump from the edge of space

By Kay Steiger
Sunday, October 14, 2012 16:31 EDT
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Felix Baumgartner (YouTube)
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Felix Baumgartner made history on Sunday as he lept from a capsule more than 24 miles above the earth and landed safely by parachute about 15 minutes later.

Baumgartner ascended the 120,000 feet in an ultra-thin 55-story helium balloon. According to CBS News, Baumgarten was expected to reach a speed of 690 miles per hour.

Baumgartner was originally scheduled to make the jump earlier in the week, but experienced multiple delays after poor weather forecasts.

The previous skydiving record was held by Joe Kittinger, who lept 102,800 feet, or 19 miles, in 1960.

Watch the video, uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 14.

Watch the landing, uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 14.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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