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With anticipation building ahead of Red Bull Stratos' imminent world-record attempt, Felix Baumgartner was joined in Roswell, New Mexico, by his family and some of his closest friends who will be on site when the Austrian attempts to break the speed of sound during freefall.

On Tuesday morning, Felix will ascend to a height of 120,000 feet during a stratospheric balloon flight to the very edge of space and then jump out!

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Ahead of the biggest day in his life, Felix gets a pat on the back from Colonel Joe Kittinger - the man who has been an integral part of the Red Bull Stratos project and whose current record he is attempting to break.

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The delegation from Austria was led by Eva and Felix Baumgartner, Felix's parents. Felix shows his mum, above, the launch site where at approximately 5am on Tuesday morning he will begin his ascent... "I know he is perfectly prepared," said Eva. "I am happy that he can do this, he worked hard for it. It is his childhood dream coming true."

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Friends of the 43-year-old are looking forward to sharing the historic moment. Felix's friends and family will visit the UFO Museum in Roswell and enjoy a few hours together before he focuses entirely on the mission ahead.

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For Felix's mother, Eva, it is the first time she has visited the US and she was welcomed on site by team members Colonel Joe Kittinger, technical project director Art Thompson, above, and high performance director Andy Walshe.

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"I am so happy that Felix has such a great team around him – the support he gets is amazing, such nice characters and what has been created here is just mind-blowing," said Eva, as Joe greets Felix senior, above.

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Kittinger meets Felix's friend, Klaus Hammerl, above, and, below, Art Thompson talks to Eva Baumgartner and Nicole Oet.

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The team is as ready as they'll ever be ahead of the planned lift-off on Tuesday morning. After saying goodbye to his family, Felix will mentally prepare himself for the historic mission which will begin with a pick-up at 2.30am!

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