In the summer of 2012, Felix Baumgartner will attempt a record-breaking freefall jump from 120,000 feet – 23 miles – above the earth as part of Red Bull Stratos: a mission to the edge of space. The attempt will take place near Roswell, NM, USA, and if successful, Felix Baumgartner could be the first person to break the speed of sound with his own body, protected only by a space suit. As no one has successfully jumped from this height before, it’s uncertain what the highest supersonic freefall in history will look or feel like. This animated video gives us a sense of what to expect when the history-making jump takes place later this summer when the weather is best for a launch.
If and when Baumgartner does jump from outer space, his 120,000 foot freefall will be streamed live on the web. Could you imagine if they managed to broadcast this live on TV instead? Any network that couldn’t make that the highest rated show in the history of rated shows should stop broadcasting immediately. I don’t know how the hell they’d film it, but it would certainly be something. [via superpunch]