October 8, 2012
Joerg Mitter photo

In this July 25, 2012 photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, a balloon lifts up during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M. It�s described as a �40-acre dry cleaner bag,� that, when first filled, will stretch 55 stories high. On Monday, this special ultra-thin helium balloon is scheduled to liftoff from Roswell, N.M., to carry “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner 23 miles into the stratosphere for what he hopes will be a history-making, sound barrier-breaking skydive.

Joerg Mitter photo

In this Feb. 23, 2012 photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, pilot Felix Buamgartner of Austria shows a piece of the balloon material during the Red Bull Stratos egress training in Lancaster, Calif. It�s described as a �40-acre dry cleaner bag,� that, when first filled, will stretch 55 stories high. On Monday, this special ultra-thin helium balloon is scheduled to liftoff from Roswell, N.M., to carry “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner 23 miles into the stratosphere for what he hopes will be a history-making, sound barrier-breaking skydive.