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Felix Baumgartner: Extreme skydiver ready for his 36-km free fall

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Oct 09, 2012 at 12:55pm IST

On Tuesday evening at 6 pm, 43-year-old Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner will do the unthinkable. He will jump from a height of 1,20,000 feet above ground level and become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier in the highest and fastest freefall in history. The event will be telecast live on History TV18 at 6pm.

Living on the edge comes quite naturally to Felix. He says, "Since I was a little child, I was told don't fall off anything, don't go close to the edge. I wanted to see what's behind the edge, what's waiting for me."

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If the jump is successful, Felix will break Joe Kittinger's 52-year-old record of highest and fastest skydive. Felix, however, says his latest freefall attempt is not just about breaking records, but much more. "It's not just breaking records. It's also doing something as a pioneer and may be few years later it pays."

Felix will be wearing a specially designed pressure suit with three cameras and a parachute for final landing. Joe Kittinger, a former Pilot and current record holder for highest and fastest jump, says that a pressure suit is required above 50,000 feet. "Without it, we can't be going."

Felix has successfully completed 2500 skydives in the past. His latest jump from the edge of the space itself will take place in New Mexico on Tuesday evening. Watch it live on History TV18.

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