If you're scared of heights, this isn't good news — it is insane news.
Newser offers a height comparison:
"That's 120,000 feet; for comparison's sake, consider that the average passenger plane flies at just 35,000 feet."
He'll don a pressurized suit that will both protect him — a rip in the tougher-than-a-spacesuit could cause a rapid loss of consciousness and "could cause Baumgartner's tissues to swell and the moisture in his eyes and mouth to boil" — and provide him with oxygen.
The BBC reports that the skydiver will "fall so fast that he becomes the first person to go faster than the speed of sound unaided by a machine."
Baumgartner says that his last test has been successful:
"It means I can deliver, I can perform. The equipment will function."
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