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Red Bull Stratos 2012: Felix Baumgartner's space jump will push the limit

redbulldive020712_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Red Bull-sponsored extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner, 41, plans to skydive from a balloon in the stratosphere at an altitude of 120,000 feet.

Talk about life imitating art!

Red Bull, the energy drink whose ad campaign has animated characters accomplishing unlikely feats while reciting the tag line, “Red Bull gives you wiiings,” has dubbed the quest Red Bull Stratos.

According to space.com, if Baumgartner, of Austria, can successfully make the plunge, it will be the first time a person will break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft. Other records will also be set, including the highest skydive and the longest free fall – approximately 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

The Daily Mail reports that the jump is scheduled for August over New Mexico.

If everything goes according to plan, Baumgartner will break four records, including the current altitude record set by U.S. Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger. In 1960, Kittinger jumped from 102,800 ft.

 

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