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He made it! The ultimate HALO - 128,000 foot freefall from space 

NEW MEXICO: After an extensive pre-jump checklist that included concern for his fogging visor, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,000 feet setting several world records as he frefell to Earth successfully Sunday morning just outside of Roswell.

After an initial period of tumbling where he was for a second in what is called a 'flat spin', Baumgartner announced over his radio that he was "stable and in control" to the loud applause of Mission Control.

He landed at 12.16 Mountain Time just east of Roswell and imediately fell to his knees, shaking his fists triumphantly at his achievement. The last 6,000 feet of his descent were captured by a swarm of media helicopters.

The entire mission was filmed by the BBC for a documentary that will appear on television next month.

During the jump Baumgartner reached supersonic speed, breaking the sound barrier, but confessed during a post0jump press conference that he couldn't feel much from inside his pressurized suit.



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