Skydiver Ready for Record-Breaking Space Jump Tomorrow
Will be skydiving from 23 miles up
"Born to Fly" reads the tattoo on 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner's arm. When he steps off the ledge of his capsule Tuesday morning, 120,000 feet above Earth, he will be flying faster than the speed of sound. His body will go from zero to 690 mph in 34 seconds, and he will be supersonic for almost a minute – free-falling for 5 minutes and 35 seconds.
"Born to Fly" isn't just his mantra. Baumgartner lives it as a skydiver who has flown across the English Channel and dreamed of even bigger feats. For five years, he has been training with a top-notch team from Red Bull on a project dubbed Stratos – Mission from the Edge of Space.