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A helium balloon carrying pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria in a capsule lifts off Oct. 14, 2012, in Roswell, N.M., on its way to an altitude of 120,000 feet, an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 in free fall, which would deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes.

PHOTO: Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Stratos/AP

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