Countdown Starts for Daredevil Space Jump

By Jesus Diaz on at

October 8th. That's the final launch date for fearless Felix Baumgartner, the daredevil that is going to jump from the edge of space. The 42-year-old Baumgartner is eager to attempt the record-breaking super-sonic parachute jump. He says that he feels like a wild animal in a cage right now.

Baumgartner will jump from an altitude of 23 miles, getting close to the edge of the stratosphere. When he does that, he will fall for an estimated 5 minutes and 30 seconds, breaking the speed of sound in the process. After flying at Mach 1 for a while, he will open his parachute at one mile high. If everything goes ok, he will reach the ground 10 minutes later.

If successful, Felix will break the record set by United States Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger on August 16, 1960. Kittinger jumped from the Excelsior III balloon, which at the time was flying at 102,800 feet -- that's 19.47 miles up in the sky.

Godspeed, Felix!