October 16, 2012
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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrated with the project’s technical director, Art Thompson, after the mission.
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Felix Baumgartner’s capsule rose under a helium balloon.
As the balloon rose, ground crew members waited to release the capsule.
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Baumgartner stepped out of his trailer and toward his capsule.
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Felix Baumgartner was seen in his capsule on a screen at mission control during his ascent.
Baumgartner’s mother, middle, watched with other family members as his capsule lifted off.
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Mission control monitored Baumgartner’s ascent to 128,000 feet.
Felix Baumgartner prepared to jump.
‘‘Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,’’ Baumgartner said after his jump.
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Organizers said the descent lasted just over nine minutes, about half of it in free fall.
The 43-year-old former military parachutist has promised this would be his final jump.