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The Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner says his next goal is to try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump. It is 50 years since the American Joe Kittinger made history (PICTURED) by leaping from a balloon at 102,800ft (31km). Baumgartner, who is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers, aims to skydive from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft (37km). It is likely that in his long freefall of more than five minutes, he will exceed the speed of sound - the first person to do so without the aid of a machine. "One of the unknowns is how a human body will react approaching supersonic speeds," he said. "The effects of the transition from subsonic through transonic to supersonic velocity and back again are not known. This is just one of the things we'll learn."<br />
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The Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner says his next goal is to try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump. It is 50 years since the American Joe Kittinger made history (PICTURED) by leaping from a balloon at 102,800ft (31km). Baumgartner, who is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers, aims to skydive from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft (37km). It is likely that in his long freefall of more than five minutes, he will exceed...
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