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Can a Felix Baumgartner fly faster than the speed of sound?

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While flying and falling are two entirely different things, Felix Baumgartner became the first human to break the sound barrier when he jumped out of a helium balloon in the stratosphere. His freefall started nearly 24 miles above the Earth, reaching speeds of 843 mph before touching down.

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Can a Felix Baumgartner fly faster than the speed of sound?
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Baumgartner has set and broken many skydiving and basejumping world records throughout his daredevil career. Over a 10-year period from 1999 to 2008, Felix jumped off the world's tallest buildings and biggest tourist attractions, including the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, the English Channel and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. On Oct. 14, 2012, Baumgartner completed his biggest feat by jumping out of a helium balloon, and he spent four minutes, 19 seconds racing towards the surface, breaking the sound barrier and many worldwide records in the process.

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