After several nail-biting delays due to unsuitable weather conditions, Austrian Felix Baumgartner finally completed his record-breaking skydive, 24 miles (39kms) above New Mexico.
The 43-year-old broke the sound barrier as he descended at top speed 833.9mph (1,342km/h). He also smashed the record for the highest ever freefall.
Despite initially going into a spin when he first stepped out of his balloon pod, Baumgartner managed to control his dive which he completed in just under 10 minutes. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.
Once down, he fell to his knees and raised his fists in triumph. Helicopter recovery teams were on hand moments later, while support team officials at mission control cheered and hugged one another.
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