Saturday, March 17, 2012

Skydiver to Make Record Breaking 23 Mile Jump

Felix Baumgartner will break the record this summer for the highest skydive jump. He will free fall, gaining speed by falling swiftly through the upper atmosphere going faster than the speed of sound.
This is not his first remarkable jump.
"Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has jumped 2,500 times from planes and helicopters, as well as some of the highest landmarks and skyscrapers on the planet — the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the Millau Viaduct in southern France, the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan. This summer, Baumgartner hopes to hurtle toward Earth at supersonic speed from a record 23 miles up, breaking the sound barrier with only his body.

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Baumgartner will easily break Kittinger's record by several miles.
Joseph Kittinger was the first skydiver to set the free fall and long fall records in 1960. Here he has just cleared the gondola of the high altitude balloon he rode the edge of space.
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