Austria’s Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound when he jumped out of a balloon from a height of 128,100 ft (24 miles / 39 km) above New Mexico. He also broke the record for the highest ever freefall, beating the 102,800 ft achieved by Joe Kittinger in 1960. Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph (1,342 kmh) during his fall. It took him just under ten minutes to descend, only using a parachute for the last few thousand feet. The 43-year-old adventurer, best known for leaping off skyscrapers, almost aborted the dive because his helmet visor fogged up. "When I was standing on top of the world, you don't think about breaking records anymore, you just want to come back alive," he said.