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Highest Skydive: Jumping From The Edge Of Space

man jumping from spaceAustrian man attempts highest skydive jump from the edge of space.

Felix Baumgartner will attempt to jump 120,000 feet in August.

A test jump was done in March where he jumped 71,000 feet and hit a speed of 365 mph.

The daredevil skydive mission, named Stratos, is being financed by Red Bull.

The plan is for Baumgartner to go to the edge of space in a capsule carried by a huge helium balloon. Once he reaches 120,000 feet, he will dive back into Earth. He will attempt to free fall for 5 minutes and 35 seconds in order to break one of the records.

Baumgartner gathered a team of experts who helped him plan the skydive for five years. They all hope to break several records in one BIG jump.

Here’s a list of records they hope to break:

  • First person to break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft
  • Record for freefall from the highest altitude
  • Longest freefall time – expected five minutes 35 seconds
  • Highest manned balloon fight.

A daredevil skydive had been done in August 16, 1960, when Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger jumped from a balloon at an altitude of 102,000 feet. He fell for about five minutes before releasing his parachute at 18,000 feet.

Dr. Jonathan Clark, a former NASA flight surgeon, heads the medical team for Baumgartner’s jump. He and his team are in charge of doing whatever they can to help Baumgartner survive his jump back to Earth.

A critical aspect of the jump is weather. The massive balloon that will carry the capsule can tear easily. It cannot be launched with winds over 4mph or under heavy cloud cover.

An attempt of the jump was scrapped Tuesday morning due to high winds.


Felix Baumgartner jumped 96,000 feet. It is the final test before he attempts 120,000 feet.

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