Felix Baumgartner of Austria completed his record breaking 24 mile skydive to claim the world records for highest manned balloon flight, highest skydive, and greatest speed achieved without vehicular power on Sunday. He just missed the world record for the longest by opening his parachute at 4 minutes and 20 seconds, the world record was 16 seconds longer.
He reached a maximum velocity of 1,342 kilometers per hour (372.8 meters per second, or Mach 1.24) after falling for 42 seconds, becoming the first person to travel faster than sound without vehicular power.
The image above shows the former record holder, Joe Kittinger, with Baumgartner. Kittinger was actually on the team as an adviser.
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