Felix Baumgartner, 65, broke the sound barrier in a record parachute jump Oct. 14 when he jumped from a capsule attached to a massive balloon at 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. These images from mission control show the Austria native jumping over Roswell, NM.
In 2003, the world-renowned BASE jumper succeeded in the first unpowered crossing of the strait between England and France at 30,000 feet with only a carbon-fiber wing and a parachute.
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Deepest Free Dive
Herbert Nitsch is one of the leading free-divers in the world who is a record holder for many disciplines. He can also hold his breath for more than nine minutes ― the average person is said to be able to hold his or her breath for 30-40 seconds.
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Tightrope walk across Niagara
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks on a high wire 200 feet above Niagara Falls, crossing from the U.S. side to the Canadian side on June 15. He walked 1,800 feet, which is about the length of six football fields.
Jumping from the edge of space
Col. Joe Kittinger steps off a balloon-supported gondola at an altitude of 102,800 feet in 1960. He free-fell for 4.5 minutes at speeds of up to 614 mph and temperatures as low as minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit, opening his parachute at 18,000 feet. Until Felix Baumgartner's Oct. 14 jump, Kittinger held the record for the highest parachute jump, at 19.5 miles.
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Motorcycle jump over Grand Canyon
Robbie Knievel, airborne above the Grand Canyon, AZ, during a successful 228 feet world Daredevil Robbie Knievel, son of legendary stuntman Evel Knievel, is airborne above the Grand Canyon in 1999 during a successful 228-foot world-record jump. Knievel crashed after his landing and sustained unknown injuries, but talked to the crowd before being flown by helicopter to a Las Vegas hospital.
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First Person to Break the Sound Barrier
Capt. Charles Yeager stands beside Bell X-1 after his first powered takeoff of a supersonic plane in 1947, making him the first person to break the sound barrier. He reenacted the historic flight Oct. 15.
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Ormer Locklear stands on the wing of Curtiss Jenny biplane going about 90 mph in June 1920. Later that year, he was killed while filming the movie "The Skywayman," after his pilot crashed in a nighttime stunt.
Professional diver Di Huanran jumps from the top of the Diaoshuilou Waterfall in China in 2008. Huanran, nicknamed The Best Diver in China, plunged off a 12.19-meter-high waterfall and set a Guinness World Record for highest waterfall dive.
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Stuntman Dan Goodwin climbs the 110-story North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York in 1983. He used suction cups at first then switched to using a device on the tower's window-washing track. After reaching the top floor, Goodwin held up an American flag as tribute to U.S. soldiers who died in war.
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David "The Bullet" Smith, a professional human cannonball, is shot out of a cannon in 2008 at the Puyallup, Wash., Fairgrounds. He has completed more than 5,000 cannon shots globally in his career.
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High-wire walk between the WTC towers
Daredevil aerialist Philippe Petit crosses a high wire between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. He made the 200-foot walk between the buildings on a cable that was 1,368 feet high. He also used a balancing pole that weighed 55 pounds and was 26 feet long.
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Alain Robert of France, also called "Spiderman," reaches the top floor of Hotel Melia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1997. He climbed the side of the hotel building, using only his hands and legs, from the second floor to the 14th floor in about 10 minutes, while being cheered by about 600 spectators.
Magician Harry Houdini performs his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell escape in California in 1913. Houdini, with his ankles secured in stocks, was submerged in the glass tank full of water and locked in place in full view of the audience. He was the only person during his lifetime to pull off the escape.
Skydive without a parachute
Professional stuntman Gary Connery becomes the first skydiver to land without the aid of a parachute on May 23 in Henley-on-Thames, England. He performed a 3,000-foot BASE jump wearing a revolutionary wing suit that lessened the force of gravity ― but still allowed him to approach at speeds in excess of 90 mph ― and landed on 24,000 cardboard boxes.
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Rocket propelled motorcycle jump
Daredevil Evel Knievel flies the Skycycle X-2, a rocket-propelled motorcycle, in an attempt to jump across the Snake River in Idaho in 1974. The stunt failed after his parachute opened too soon.
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Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is the world's first man to fly with jet-fuel-powered wings strapped to his back. In 2008, he jumped from a plane at 8,000 feet over the Swiss Alps and completed several loops at nearly 200 mph using only his body to change position.
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Skiing down Mount Everest
Professional Japanese skier Yuichiro Miura comes down the slope of Mount Everest from an altitude of 24,418 feet in 1970. Miura, whose documentary "The Man Who Skied Down Everest" won an Oscar, reached speeds of more than 90 mph, covering nearly two miles in just over two minutes.