One of the most daring stunts ever will be attempted later this year when Felix Baumgartner will try to break a 50 year old record.

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the world record for the highest and fastest parachute jump sometime this year. The current record was set by Colonel Joseph Kittinger who jumped out of a helium balloon at 102,800 feet in 1960.

Baumgartner has performed several high-altitude test dives that were monitored by a team of aeronautics experts who also acquainted him with the skills required to navigate the conditions from near the edge of space. His mission, called the Red Bull Stratos, is to extend the uppermost altitude a person can safely jump from (also called the safety zone of human atmospheric bailout), that was set by Kittinger 50 years ago. Baumgartner will leap from a capsule suspended by a helium balloon near the boundary of space at a height of almost 120,000 feet above the ground.

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