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Skydiver to jump from edge of space

Posted on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Karlis

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Daredevil Felix Baumgartner is planning to jump from 90,000ft and land in Roswell, New Mexico.

Felix will begin his journey in a capsule using a helium balloon to ascend far in to the heavens. Once he reaches 90,000ft he will jump from the capsule, hurtling downwards and accelerating to speeds of up to 509 miles per hour within 30 seconds. In August he plans to do the same again but jumping from a height of 120,000ft, the fall from which will accelerate him up to 690mph and break the sound barrier in the process.

"The pressure is huge, and we not only have to endure but excel," he said. "We're excellently prepared, but it's never going to be a fun day, I'm risking my life, after all."

"It seems appropriate that Roswell, ground zero for UFO hunters, is hosting the mission to the edge of space -- because the sight of daredevil Felix Baumgartner diving back to Earth from 90 thousand feet will certainly spark new UFO conspiracy theories."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by Timonthy on 7 October, 2012, 11:38
Have been waiting for this, so beautiful.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Still Waters on 9 October, 2012, 20:03
Update - Baumgartner skydive bid aborted due to gusty winds
Comment icon #23 Posted by Lady Kasey on 9 October, 2012, 20:35
RIP dude. he'll probably die when he breaks the sound barrier That's why I'm hoping he will jump with some kind of gps locator thing attached to his body. If he dies mid-flight, there's no guarantee he'll land where everyone expects him to land and then the body hunt would be on.
Comment icon #24 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 9 October, 2012, 20:47
This won't end happily.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Still Waters on 11 October, 2012, 15:02
Latest - Felix Baumgartner to make space jump attempt on Sunday http://www.telegraph...-on-Sunday.html
Comment icon #26 Posted by spud the mackem on 11 October, 2012, 15:38
Well its his 5 minutes of fame,before they find a splat on the ground.I can't see what he's trying to prove,why doesnt he just give blood to a Hospital instead of wasting it.Blood(y) idiot.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Eldorado on 15 October, 2012, 4:46
Well done, Felix! YeeHa! A new hero.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Eldorado on 19 October, 2012, 12:16
How come there's two of these threads?!?
Comment icon #29 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 19 October, 2012, 20:00
Comment icon #30 Posted by Timonthy on 28 October, 2012, 12:46
Try to imagine what is going through his mind. So amazing.

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