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The Nominations

Around the world, 2012 stands out as one of the most moving and innovative times in history. Major achievements in sports and shattered records in aviation and aerospace grabbed headlines everywhere. In honor of the many "firsts" accomplished by the men and women of Red Bull Stratos, here are the organizations recognizing those efforts. The nominations are:

Top 5 of CNN's Most Intriguing People of 2012 - Felix Baumgartner

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year - Felix Baumgartner

Streamy Awards Best Live Event - Red Bull Stratos

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2012 - Felix Baumgartner. His nomination shares the ranks  with President Barack Obama (Person of the Year 2012), Mars Rover, Former Pres. Bill Clinton and Psy. The very first Time cover in 1927 was dedicated to Charles Lindbergh, who's solo flight from New York to Paris got the world's attention.

Felix Baumgartner's jump falls into the category of one of aviation's greatest accomplishments - breaking the speed of sound without an aircraft on the same day Chuck Yeager busted the sound barrier in the X-1 in 1947. Felix and his team's efforts are condidered a significant milestone among their aerospace peers, right up there with Col. Joe Kittinger's record jump in 1960. Preliminary figures from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) indicate Felix broke several records Oct. 14 which are still under review:

Vertical speed without a drogue: 1,342.8 km/h (833.9 mph; Mach 1.24)

Exit altitude: 39,045 meters (128,100 feet)

Vertical distance of freefall: 36,529 meters (119,846 feet)