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'Fearless Felix' To Try To Break Sound Barrier

Tue, October 2, 2012 11:56am



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Felix Baumgartner plans to ride a balloon to an altitude of 34 miles over New Mexico and then he'll step out into the void. He'll be wearing a pressurized suit like an astronaut, and expects to break the sound barrier as he falls. He's being advised by a former NASA flight surgeon who lost his wife in a shuttle crash, and who wants to improve astronauts' odds of surviving a future disaster.

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