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Record-seeking Skydiver makes practice jump from 13 miles; aiming for 23 miles in summer

• AP
Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

Baumgartner lifted off Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, N.M., aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet — 13.6 miles — and then jumped. He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen.

 He’s aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles.

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