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In this Aug. 16, 1960 photo made available by the U.S. Air Force, Col. Joe Kittinger steps off a balloon-supported gondola at an altitude of 102,800 feet. In freefall for 4.5 minutes at speeds up to 614 mph and temperatures as low as -94 degrees Fahrenheit, he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet. Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump. A spokeswoman says Baumgartner took a practice jump Thursday, March 15, 2012 from more than 13 miles high over New Mexico. He's aiming for nearly 23 miles in the summer. The record is held by Kittinger, a retired Air Force officer. He jumped from 19.5 miles in 1960. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force)

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