Today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner will climb into an eight-foot-capsule and prepare himself for a world record-breaking jump sponsored by energy drink Red Bull.
He plans to dive 120,000ft – nearly 23 miles – from the adapted weather balloon full of helium. The journey will take just ten minutes.He will have to wear a suit similar to those worn by astronauts that will have to maintain its integrity in the near vacuum of the very high atmosphere. If Baumgartner’s suit leaks, his eyeballs will boil in their sockets and his heart will explode. The pressurized capsule is built to withstand temperatures of -60 degrees Centigrade.
Austrian Baumgartner is famous for stunts such as lowest parachute jump, 95ft off the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and highest jump from a building – 1,479ft from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A stunt like this has ever been attempted and depending on how the stunt goes, Red Bull could really take a hit PR wise if it were all to go wrong. Nothing makes worldwide news like eyeballs boiling in their sockets and hearts exploding while free falling back to earth…