Skydiver Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump 24 miles high
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Skydiver Baumgartner breaks record jumping from balloon

15 October 2012 Last updated at 15:26 BST

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).

In jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, the 43-year-old also smashed the record for the highest ever freefall.

Pallab Ghosh reports.