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October 6 2012

How Supersonic Skydiver Will Freefall Through Earth's Atmosphere


Veteran skydiver Felix Baumgartner plans to take a supersonic tour of Earth's atmospheric layers on Monday (Oct 8). The Austrian daredevil will attempt the world's highest skydive, a daring leap from 23 miles up that will send him plummeting earthward faster than the speed of sound.

On the way down, Baumgartner, 43, will pass through the stratosphere and troposphere, two of the four gaseous layers that enshroud and protect our planet. Each of these layers has unique properties.

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