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Red Bull Stratos

Red Bull Stratos was a space diving project involving Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner. On 14 October 2012, Baumgartner flew approximately 39 km into the stratosphere over New Mexico, United States, in a helium balloon before free falling in a pressure suit and then parachuting to Earth. The total jump, from leaving the capsule to landing on the ground, lasted approximately ten minutes. Baumgartner deployed his parachute after 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

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Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who held the previous record for highest skydive and fastest speed in a freefall because of his involvement in Project Excelsior in 1960, acted as Felix Baumgartner's mentor in the months leading up to the jump. He was also Baumgartner's liaison to ground control during the mission, and when Baumgartner landed Kittinger congratulated him saying "I couldn't have done it better myself".

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