Baumgartner Makes Test Jump

Skydiver leaps from 13.6 miles above Roswell

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15, 2012

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15, 2012     Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner leaped from a balloon at an altitude of 13.6 miles on Thursday in Roswell, New Mexico, in a practice jump for a planned attempt later this summer at a a skydiving altitude record. Baumgartner, 42, was in free fall for three minutes and 43 seconds before pulling his rip cord, according to a spokeswoman for the project. Baumgartner, who is sponsored by Red Bull, will eventually try to jump from a balloon 23 miles above the Earth's surface while wearing a helmet and pressure suit. Colonel Joseph Kittinger, now an adviser to Baumgartner and Red Bull's Stratos project, set the previous record in 1960 when he jumped from an altitude of 19.5 miles for the Air Force.

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