'Space diver' to attempt first supersonic freefall

THIS may be the ultimate extreme-sporting event. A “space diver” will try to smash the record for the highest jump this year, and become the first person to go supersonic in free fall. In 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped from an altitude of 31,333 metres. His record has never been broken. Now one skydiver has announced plans to make an attempt. Felix Baumgartner will jump from a balloon 36,575 metres above the US. He should reach supersonic speeds after 35 seconds. The resulting shock wave “is a big concern”, admits Art Thompson, technical director of Baumgartner’s “Stratos” team,
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