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MISSION TO THE EDGE OF SPACE

At 1.30pm today, 9th October 2012, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian pilot, will jump from an altitude of 120,000ft in a stratospheric balloon. Freefalling for around 5 minutes 35 seconds, Felix could be the first person to reach the speed of sound (Mach 1, 690mph) without mechanical assistance.

The previous record has stood since 1960, when US Airforce Captain Joe Kittenger jumped from an altitude of 20miles up, for a freefall time of 4 minutes 36 seconds. This was at a time when scientists new very little about what effects being at the edge of space would have on the human body. Working with the Red Bull Stratos, Felix has been preparing for this for a many of years, starting in 2005 and performing thier first high-altitude training in a pressure suit.

The Red Bull Startos link below is a really amazing site to check out all the mission info.

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