“Fearless Felix” Returns Home

SALZBURG, Austria (October 27, 2012)--Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner is finally home after his death-defying, record-breaking leap from the edge of space.

The Austrian former military parachutist faced reporters Saturday in his home city of Salzburg, nearly two weeks after his plunge from a balloon to the New Mexico desert made him the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or spacecraft.

Baumgartner said it's been a "very turbulent" few days and weeks and that preparing to jump was a "very, very overwhelming" experience.

Before returning home, he met in New York with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Baumgartner said of his jump, the result of years of planning: "Courage and this absolute will to accomplish something paid off."


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