Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Skydiver to Attempt Record-Breaking Supersonic Space Jump
"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."
Read more here.
Posted by Norman at 11:06 PM