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Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria seen before his jump at the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on March 15 2012. In this test he reach the altitude 21800 meters (71500 ft) and landed safely near Roswell. (Photo courtesy of Red Bull Stratos)

Man to jump 36,500 meters from Earth's surface

In October 2012, record-breaking skydiver Felix Baumgartner, backed by a team of world-leading scientists, engineers and physicians, will take a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet or 36,576 meters above the Earth’s surface – and jump.