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Free Faller Aces Test Jump in Quest to Break Speed of Sound

July 26, 2012
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Preparing for his attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound in free-fall, Felix Baumgartner made a successful test jump on Wednesday from a balloon at an altitude of over 96,640 feet, reaching speeds of 536 miles per hour.

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Reuters (Oct. 29, 2013) — A privately owned prototype space plane aces its debut test flight in California but runs into landing problems on the runway. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Higgs-Like Particle Found

Higgs-Like Particle Found

AFP (July 4, 2012) — After a quest spanning nearly half a century, physicists said Wednesday they had found a sub-atomic particle that may be the elusive Higgs boson, believed to confer mass on matter. Rousing cheers and a standing ovation erupted at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) after scientists presented astonishing new data in their search for the mysterious particle. Many hailed it as a moment in history, and white-haired veterans of the quest shed tears of joy.
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US Air Force Tests High-Speed "Waverider" Aircraft

US Air Force Tests High-Speed "Waverider" Aircraft

CBC (Aug. 14, 2012) — The US Air Force plans a key test of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 5,800 km/h.
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The Science Behind Extreme Skydiver Felix Baumgartner's Leap From the Edge of Space

The Science Behind Extreme Skydiver Felix Baumgartner's Leap From the Edge of Space

CBC (Oct. 9, 2012) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 37-kilometer free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to be the first supersonic skydiver.
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