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Man base jumps off Mt. Everest

Valery Rozov jumped from a 23,000-foot ledge in a special wing suit. (Source: CNN) Valery Rozov jumped from a 23,000-foot ledge in a special wing suit. (Source: CNN)

MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL (CNN) - An extreme sports star from Russia set a new world record by leaping off Mount Everest.

Valery Rozov made the jump May 5 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's tallest mountain.

The feat took two years of planning, four days of climbing - and only one minute for the actual jump.

Wearing a special wing suit, Rozov leapt off a more than four-mile-high ledge more than 23,000 feet above sea level.

He reached speeds of more than 125 mph before landing safely on a glacier.

The 48-year-old seasoned daredevil has made nearly 10,000 jumps, including one into an active volcano.

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