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.