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An Austrian adventurer planning the highest skydive in history has announced that he will make the record attempt later this year.
Felix Baumgartner will jump from a balloon 36.5km (120,000ft) up, where a leak in his pressurised suit could lead to a rapid loss of consciousness.
He will fall so fast that he becomes the first person to go faster than the speed of sound unaided by a machine.
Many have sought to achieve the feat down the decades but all have failed.