A skydiver has made history by smashing the world record for the highest skydive after leaping from 128,097 ft.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner ascended to the edge of space in a pressurised capsule suspended beneath a giant helium balloon before jumping out and freefalling for four minutes and 19 seconds before opening his parachute.
The 43-year-old Austrian also broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight after riding with the capsule 23 miles above New Mexico.
He also achieved the fastest ever freefall after reaching a top speed at 834 mph (1,137 km/h) and broke the sound barrier, according to mission spokeswoman Sarah Anderson.
The speed, which was revealed at a news conference a few hours after the leap, was significantly higher than that given earlier by a spokeswoman, who had put his maximum speed as 706 mph (1,136 km/h).
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