Now, to the daredevil leap from the edge of space. Felix baumgartner's attempt to set a record for the highest skydive, jumping from a balloon, and free falling more than 20 miles back to earth. Ryan... See More
Now, to the daredevil leap from the edge of space. Felix baumgartner's attempt to set a record for the highest skydive, jumping from a balloon, and free falling more than 20 miles back to earth. Ryan owens is in roswell, new mexico, with the very latest. Ryan? Reporter: Good morning to you, amy. They don't call him fearless felix for nothing. Listen to what he's going to do. He's going to free fall at 700 miles per hour. Just think about that. Behind me is the launch pad. That's where a balloon will take him up 23 miles straight up where he will get out of his capsule, look around and somehow think it's a good idea to jump. Up until now, it's taken a supersonic jet or maybe the space shuttle to break the sound barrier. But felaumgartner thinks he can do it with his body. He will skydive from 23 miles up. The edge of space. He'll free fall at 690 miles per hour. We practiced this for so many years. Now, we're almost there. This is my biggest dream. Reporter: A dream that would be most of our nightmares. To get 23 miles above earth. The 43-year-old will hitch a ride in this capsule, attached to a balloon that's 55-stories tall. We're using a helium balloon to get to the staratosphere. But to get there, we have to handle the pressure zone. Reporter: The air so thin, his lungs would burst. The most dangerous part comes when baumgartner opens the door and jumps. He's done it from lower altitude with no problems. But 120,000 feet would shatter the record set 50 years ago but air force pilot, joe kittinger who fell from a balloon. He's 84 and a little jealous. Do you wish you were up there? Hell, yes. If he doesn't want to do it, I'll go. Reporter: Not a chance says the daredevil with a born to fly tattoo on his arm. It's just me. I love to be in the air. It's my second home. Ryan owens, thanks for that.
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