Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

October 9, 2012
Matt York photo

Felix Baumgartner, in pressurized suit on platform at left, prepares to enter the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Baumgartner will attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from the space capsule lifted by a 30 million cubic foot helium balloon. Baumgartner plans to jump from an altitude of 120,000 feet - an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 in freefall - which will deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes.

Matt York photo

Felix Baumgartner, in pressurized suit on platform at left, prepares to enter the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Baumgartner will attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from the space capsule lifted by a 30 million cubic foot helium balloon. Baumgartner plans to jump from an altitude of 120,000 feet - an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 in freefall - which will deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes.

Matt York photo

The 30 million cubic foot helium balloon is inflated prior to take off, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Roswell, N.M. Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from a space capsule lifted by the helium balloon. Baumgartner plans to jump from an altitude of 120,000 feet—an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 in freefall � which will deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes.