I’ve been reading about this epic story for years. The project is entitled Red Bull Stratos. The gist is Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break 3 records: highest skydive, longest free-fall, and fastest fall. If all goes to plan Felix will be the first person to break the sound barrier without the use of a machine. On March 15th, 2012 Felix completed his highest test jump yet at 17 miles (about twice as high airliners cruise.) The Stratos website has great details about the custom suit, capsule, and team. It’s a “must peruse” for any true nerd.
I’ve made a few Facebook Timeline header from images captured during this test jump:
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