Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010 Offbeat
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Australian Skydiver Plans 120,000-feet Jump

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Felix Baumgardner, a skydiver from Australia, looks forward to jump from a 120,000-feet altitude. Before the jump he will be in a capsule attached to a helium balloon.

The freefall is expected to last about 5 minutes and Baumgardner is expected to break the speed of sound and achieve a max speed of about 700mph. The skydiver is going to wear a protective full-pressure spacesuit, reports MSNBC.

In case his plans come to life and the freefall ends up successfully, the skydiver will establish four new records:

- the height record for freefall;

- the height record for manned balloon flight;

- the longest distance freefall;

- the highest freefall speed.

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