Higher. Faster. These have been two of the most primal goals of humans, the source of much of their creativity and innovation. Austrian daredevil, skydiver and pilot Felix Baumgartner, 43, set a new benchmark this year when he jumped from a greater height than humans had ever attempted: 24 miles (39 km), the edge of space. And as he fell, he reached a faster speed than humans had ever moved without artificial propulsion: 834 m.p.h. (1,342 km/h), exceeding even the speed of sound. He broke another record too: 8 million people watched the jump live on YouTube.
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