Here is a well-done animation of an upcoming, record-breaking attempt on October 8th: Felix Baumgartner is going to jump out of balloon from 120,000 feet (nearly 23 miles). If everything works out, this Austrian skydiving daredevil will shatter the marks for highest jump, fastest freefall, longest-duration freefall and highest manned balloon flight. He will also become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. You can read more about it here.

helium inflation of 55-story tall balloon

Baumgartner said he is nervous about Monday’s (October 8th, 8 am EDT) leap from the stratosphere. But the 43-year-old—who has jumped from some of the world’s tallest buildings and soared across the English Channel in freefall using a carbon wing—regards a tinge of fear as a good thing.

July landing

“Having been involved in extreme endeavors for so long, I’ve learned to use my fear to my advantage,” Baumgartner said. “Fear has become a friend of mine. It’s what prevents me from stepping too far over the line.”

The pictures are from a test flight this past July in which Felix jumped from “just” 18 miles.

mission summary

You can learn more about the actual jump here and follow it live with 35 cameras. Pretty exciting!

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