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Skydiving daredevil Baumgartner leaps from 96,000ft

Austrian in 365mph free-fall jaunt

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Video Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner is closing on the world's highest free-fall record after jumping yesterday from 96,640ft (29,455m).

Baumgartner plummeted at a rate of 364.69 miles per hour (586.92km/h) during his second jump over Roswell, New Mexico, which lasted 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Back in March, he made his first ascent in the Red Bull-sponsored pressurised pod, and stepped out of the door at 71,581ft (21,817m):

With yesterday's high-altitude leap, Baumgartner took the second-highest free-fall crown from the USSR's Eugene Andreev, who in 1962 flew to Earth from 83,530ft (25,458m). His ultimate aim is to break US Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger's 1960 record of 102,800ft (31,330m). ®

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