Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner plummeted into the record books Oct. 14, breaking the mark for highest-ever skydives after leaping from a balloon more than 24 miles over Earth's exterior a standard that has lasted more than half a century. Baumgartner will try to break a 52-year-old record by skydiving from 23 miles. He wills effort to break the sound barrier while in dive.
The crane follows the balloon with the capsule carrying pilot Felix Baumgartner at the flight line throughout the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, in this October 14, 2012. His mother Eva Baumgartner watches as the balloon with the capsule carrying her son Felix rises during the final manned flight. Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria exits his capsule as he begins his record-setting skydives over Roswell.