Skydiver’s supersonic, 24-mile jump [Photos]

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner landed safely on the ground Sunday after a record-shattering jump from the edge of space.

“He made it — tears of joy from Mission Control,” the team said in a live feed.

Baumgartner left the capsule attached to a huge helium balloon at 128,000 feet — 24 miles up — higher than anyone before him.

After an initial free fall, he opened his parachute and glided down to the ground, where he fell to his knees with his fists raised, then stood up, smiling and hugging members of his team.

It may not have been the longest-lasting free fall. Mission Control said during the jump that Baumgartner did not “break the record for time elapsed” before pulling the parachute.

His highest estimated speed on the way down was 729 mph.

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