2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

Remarkable stories from an extraordinary year

Year In Review 2012: Felix Baumgartner's daredevil skydive

The world watched with baited breath as Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil skydiver, launched himself off the platform of his capsule 24 miles above Earth in October.

A tense 9.03 minutes later, Baumgartner landed on his feet in a patch of land in New Mexico, raising his fists to the air in triumph.

The 43 year old broke several records in the process, smashing the previous best for the highest ever freefall and becoming the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound. At his peak, Baumgartner travelled at 833.9mph.

The stunt was seven years in the making and won't be his last daredevil moment in the sky - although he has set his sights a little lower. He also plans to marry his girlfriend, Nicole Oetl and split their time between America and Austria.

He said after the jump: "When I was standing there on top of the world so humble, you are not thinking about breaking records. I was thinking about coming back alive. You do not want to die in front of your parents and all these people. I thought 'please God, don’t let me down.”
 

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