Skydiver aims to go supersonic

Associated Press
FILE - In this Friday Jan. 22, 2010 photo taken by AP Images for Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner, left, shakes hands with United States Air Force Col. (Ret.) Joe Kittinger, right, following the Red Bull Stratos press conference announcing Baumgartner's plan to attempt to become the first person ever to break the speed of sound with the human body in New York. Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump. A spokeswoman says the sky diver took a practice jump Thursday, March 15, 2012 from more than 13 miles high over New Mexico. He's aiming for nearly 23 miles in the summer. The record is held by Kittinger who jumped from 19.5 miles in 1960. (AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos, David Goldman)

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"Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has jumped 2,500 times from planes and helicopters, as well as some of the highest landmarks and skyscrapers on the planet — the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the Millau Viaduct in southern France, the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan. This summer, Baumgartner hopes to hurtle toward Earth at supersonic speed from a record 23 miles up, breaking the sound barrier with only his body.

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