Skydiver Makes 13-Mile Test Jump

Felix Baumgartner is a skydiver who hopes to make a record setting jump later this year. Yesterday, in preparation for that attempt, he made a test jump from 13-miles in the sky. Baumgartner used a hot air balloon to carry a small capsule up to 71,580 feet then, wearing a pressure suit that looks like something an astronaut would use, he leapt into the air and eventually floated back to Earth.

Baumgartner was in free fall for three minutes 43 seconds and reached speeds in excess of 364 miles per hour. It took him eight minutes to complete the leap but he hopes to top that this summer when heโ€™ll raise the bar to 23 miles up.

Kraig Becker

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