Skydiver plans supersonic freefall

Austrian daredevil plunges 21km from edge of space to Earth, and now plans to go higher and faster.

    Felix Baumgartner, an intrepid skydiver from Austria, is aiming to copy Superman - and become the first man to go supersonic.

    Baumgartner has jumped from planes, skyscrapers, and even a pitch black cave in Croatia.

    In his most spectacular and dangerous jump yet, he floated 21km above the earth in a pressurised capsule before plunging down from the edge of space.

    In a few months time, Baumgartner plans to free fall from almost twice as high - 37km.

    And NASA engineers plan to follow his attempt in the hope the feat could give them ideas to develop new escape hatches for their astronauts.

    Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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