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Daredevil Creates Sonic Boom

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(CBS Story ) An Austrian daredevil broke records today in Roswell, New Mexico after flying up to the earth's stratosphere and then skydiving 128-thousand feet, setting the record for highest and fastest free-fall. 

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydived from the edge of space twenty four miles above ground.  Baumgartner wore a specialized space suit and jumped from a pressurized capsule. Within seconds he was flying at speeds over 733 miles per hour.  

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.  Baumgartner's free-fall is now the highest and fastest known to man, beating Joe Kittinger's record. 

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 dive, 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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