Skydiver ready to make historic jump
ROSWELL, N.M. – Skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s attempt at the highest, fastest free fall in history today is more than just a stunt.
His planned 23-mile dive from the stratosphere should provide scientists with valuable information for next-generation spacesuits and techniques that could help astronauts survive accidents.
Jumping from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners, Baumgartner hopes to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of an airplane.
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