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Video: Felix Baumgartner Sets World Record with Jump from 24.5 Miles Above Earth

| by Michael Allen

Felix Baumgartner made history, on Sunday, as he lept more than 24.5 miles above the earth and landed safely by parachute (video below).

Baumgartner ascended 127,718 feet inside a capsule attached to a 55-story helium balloon, then he lept from the capsule. Baumgarten reportedly reached 690 miles per hour on the way down, reports CBS News.

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

Baumgartner broke the previous skydiving record, held by Joe Kittinger, who lept 102,800 feet [19 miles] in 1960. Kittinger communicated with Baumgartner, via radio, during his  ascent in the pressurized capsule.

On the edge: 'Fearless Felix' pauses before jumping out of the capsule and plummeting back to Earth
One giant leap: Baumgartner begins his free fall after jumping out of his space capsule
 
Falling down: Baumgartner was expected to hit a speed of 690 mph before activating his parachute about 5,000 above the ground in southeastern New Mexico