Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, reaching a top speed of 833.9mph (1,342km/h), officials say.
The 43-year-old jumped out of a balloon 128,000ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico, breaking the record for the highest ever freefall.
He said he almost aborted the jump because his helmet visor fogged up.
It took just under 10 minutes for him to descend. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute.
Once down, he fell to his knees and raised his fists in triumph. Helicopter recovery teams were on hand moments later.
“Let me tell you – when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You don’t think about breaking records anymore, you don’t think about gaining scientific data – the only thing that you want is to come back alive,” he said afterwards at a media conference.
I must say i was watching the live redbull link on Youtube and i was glued,after nearly two and a half hours Felix did the leap of faith and as he approached four minutes and twenty seconds he pulled the shoot and to be honest i thought he was in trouble when he reported that his visor was steamed up but all came good.It was like one of those moments in history like the space shuttle taking off for the first time that ill never forget – truly amazing stuff.