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Red Bull-fueled daredevil plans record skydive from edge of space


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Clara Moskowitz

February 7, 2012



In this February 2010 photo Felix Baumgartner experiences a 25,000-foot test jump for Red Bull Stratos. The Austrian skydiver is now planning a 23-mile jump from a balloon in the stratosphere.


One man's quest to make a record-breaking leap from near the edge of space is nearing make-or-break time.


Sponsored by energy drink Red Bull, Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner, 41, plans to skydive from a balloon in the stratosphere at an altitude of 120,000 feet (36,576 meters).


If he can do it, he'll become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft. He'll also break a trio of other records that have stood for more than 50 years: Baumgartner's plunge would mark the highest skydive, the highest manned balloon flight and the longest free fall, at about 5 minutes and 30 seconds.




Coming this August





Why do it? Why not.

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