Austrian daredevil all set for 23-mile supersonic skydive

If you happen to be in a passenger jet flying across the US on Tuesday morning and see a man in a space suit hurtle past the window at 690mph, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Felix Baumgartner two-thirds of the way through his record-breaking leap to Earth.

If the average person on the street was told that on Tuesday morning they’d be jumping out of a capsule at a height of 120,000 feet (22.7 miles), sending their body hurtling towards Earth at record-breaking speed, they’d probably break into a cold sweat at the prospect, or worse, mess themselves.

Not so Felix Baumgartner. The Austrian daredevil wants to do it. In fact, he’s going to do it. Today.

The extraordinary leap, organized by Baumgartner and his Red Bull Stratos support team, has been five years in the planning.

The fearless 43-year-old skydiver completed a practice jump – from a mere 70,000 feet (13.2 miles) – back in March.

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