A Leap From the Edge of Space, Fueled by Red Bull

Austrian Athlete Will Attempt to Break Record for Highest Manned Balloon Flight, Highest Skydive and Longest Freefall

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Red Bull's Stratos Project, which we previously wrote about in 2010, will finally see Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner attempt a "leap from the edge of space" this August.

Baumgartner will attempt to skydive from a stratosphere-placed balloon at 120,000 feet. The project aims to break four records at the same time, which have remained unbroken since Col. Joe Kittinger's freefall from 102,800 feet in 1960.

If Baumgartner's mission is successful, the mission will have been the highest manned balloon flight, the highest skydive and the longest freefall, expected to be five-and-a-half minutes. Baumgartner will also become the first person to break the speed of sound during a freefall.

The entire journey will be livestreamed on the Red Bull Stratos website, with a BBC and National Geographic documentary slated to premiere after the jump happens in August.

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