Supersonic Space JumpThe skydiving from space will occur above Roswell...
Felix Baumgartner will jump from 37 kilometres!
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Unprecedented Space Jump
So, you've been skydiving... that's nice. Extreme skydiver Felix Baumgartner is humbled by your, ahem, "achievement..." How high did you jump from? 10,000 feet?
Well, later this year, Baumgartner plans to make a supersonic jump from the edge of space itself, out of a balloon at an altitude of... brace yourself... 120,000 feet! Still feeling good about your achievement? Com'on now, don't feel bad; there would always be people who are better than others at what they do. They shine in life because they have a determination most of us lack. And also, let's face it, a bit of insanity. Okay, maybe A LOT.
Supersonic Space Jump?
Baumgartner is not at his first world record. For example, in 1999 he set the world record for the highest parachute dive from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. In 2003, Baumgartner became the first person in history to cross the English Channel in freefall using a specially made fibre wing used today in wingsuit flying.
However, none of the daredevil's previous attempts can compare to his latest stunt, which will require him to ascend higher than four times the height of Mount Everest (Earth's highest mountain) for his supersonic space jump.
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Although something similar was attempted in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger -- he jumped out of a balloon from an altitude of about 103,000 feet -- the supersonic space jumping is unprecedented. No person in history ever exceed supersonic speeds without being in an aircraft. This is a potential deadly stunt and I personally fear that Baumgartner won't manage to pull it off.
Anyway, we'll find out sometime this year, won't we? If you liked this story, please take a moment to share it with your friends on Facebook.
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