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Skydiver ready to take the plunge

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 - 01:16

Sept. 26 - All systems are 'go' for skydiver Felix Baumgartner's world record-breaking attempt to go supersonic when he jumps from the edge of space on October 8. Tara Cleary reports.

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The view awaiting Felix Baumgartner. The Austrian will attempt to break the world record for the highest altitude skydive when he jumps from the edge of space 23 miles or 37 kilometers above the earth. If Baumgartner succeeds, he will beat former U.S. Air Force officer, Joe Kittinger's 52-year-old record. SOUNDBITE: Felix Baumgartner, skydiver, saying (English): "Doing something like this, breaking the speed of sound, breaking Joe Kittinger's record has always been my dream since I was a little kid." To survive in the stratosphere, Baumgartner will have to wear a pressurized spacesuit. A balloon-powered capsule will get him to the determined height where the 43-year-old's record attempt will be a supersonic jump. That means he'll travel faster than the speed of sound, which at that altitude is 1,110 kilometers or 690 miles per hour. His body's reaction to the jump will provide valuable scientific information, when, weather-permitting, it takes place over New Mexico on October 8th.

Skydiver ready to take the plunge

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 - 01:16

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