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Skydiver plans supersonic freefall
Austrian daredevil plunges 21km from edge of space to Earth, and now plans to go higher and faster.
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2012 07:52

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.

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