ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has landed on Earth after a jump from the stratosphere in what could be the world's first supersonic skydive.
Baumgartner landed in eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from 128,097 feet , or 24 miles.
He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing.
He took off in a pressurized capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon. He jumped from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.
Baumgartner was expected to hit a speed of 690 mph before activating his parachute about 5,000 above the ground in southeastern New Mexico.