In Brief

Felix Baumgartner will jump from 120,000 feet above the Earth, freefalling down in a pressurized suit before deploying his parachute.

Felix Baumgartner’s historic jump from a stratospheric balloon 23 miles above the Earth yesterday was delayed due to high winds. For the Red Bull Stratos project, he will be freefalling down and reaching a speed of Mach 1 before deploying his parachute.

Felix will wear a special pressurized suit to keep his body safe. Without it, the fluids in his body could turn to gas and he could lose consciousness. The custom-made suit, designed by space-suit specialists at David Clark Company, is fire retardant and insulated, providing protection from temperatures of +100°F to -90°F. The suit will maintain pressure around his body to prevent ebullism and avert symptoms of decompression sickness.

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