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article imageAustrian daredevil jumps from 18 miles

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By Larry Clifton     Jul 26, 2012 in Odd News
Roswell - On Wednesday, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner leapt from a capsule attached to a balloon flying at an altitude more than 18 miles above Earth.
Baumgartner's last attempt was successful from about 13.6 miles high, according to an Yahoo report.
"It felt completely different at 90,000 feet (27,400 meters)," Baumgartner noted. "There is no control when you exit the capsule. There is no way to get stable."
But the jump was just another dry run for a record-shattering 125,000 feet plunge (23 miles planned for next month. Baumgartner’s goal is to make world's highest skydive.
"It has always been a dream of mine," Baumgartner said in a statement following Wednesday's feat. "Only one more step to go."
Wednesday, the 43-year-old Austrian descended to Earth from an altitude of about 96,640 feet (29,450 meters) before landing safely near Roswell, New Mexico, where some believe aliens crashed their spaceship in 1947.
Baumgartner, a former military parachutist and extreme athlete, has jumped more than 2500 times from planes and helicopters, as well as from skyscrapers and landmarks, including the 101-storey Taipei 101 in Taiwan.
But Baumgartner’s touchdown is documented and his feat verifiable. It's the second stratospheric leap for "Fearless Felix," who plans to take the world’s record away from long-time record holder Joe Kittinger by jumping 23 miles from the edge of space. Baumgartner hopes to go supersonic, smashing the sound barrier with just his body.
Longtime record-holder Joe Kittinger, an American, jumped from 102,800 feet (31,330 meters) in 1960 for the Air Force. Kittinger, now 84, monitored Wednesday's test jump. Baumgartner wears a full-pres
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