That’s right, Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner is set to attempt the world’s highest skydive from the edge of space at 120,000-feet above ground. Currently, the “jump record is held by former Air Force pilot Joe Kittinger, who jumped from nearly 103,000 feet in 1960, back when we were still trying to figure out just how high the human body could go.” Continue reading to see the record-breaking attempt set in 1960.
As such, Baumgartner will make the ride up to 120,000 in a custom-built pressurized capsule tethered to a 600-foot-wide balloon. A special pressurized suit, similar to a space suit, will protect him from the conditions outside once the door comes open and Baumgartner takes the plunge. About 35 seconds after he jumps, he’ll break the sound barrier. Then he’ll continue to fall for another five minutes, pulling his parachute about a mile from the ground.