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    Daredevil will try to break sound barrier by skydiving from 23 miles above the Earth

    Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the world record for highest-ever skydive, leaping from a balloon nearly 23 miles above Earth’s surface.

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    Good luck to him. I did five static line (paratrooper style) jumps from 5,000 feet and that was good enough for me. I really , really don't like heights.
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    I logged 212 jumps on a sport canopy. Wearing a space suit to jump is for wussies.

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    Update:
    Claustrophobia.
    "Fearless Felix" got a bit freaked out by the pressurized suit he'll wear during his ascent and, more importantly, his supersonic descent from 23 miles up -- now tentatively scheduled for Sunday or Monday. Getting over his discomfort was a key hurdle to clear as the Austrian adventurer set out to make the highest skydive ever.
    That's when Gervais stepped in. After determining that Baumgartner was entirely committed to making the jump and not using claustrophobia as an excuse to back out, he set to work.
    Gervais taught Baumgartner how to better manage his mind and body under pressure. Baumgartner mastered something Gervais called "combat breathing," or deep breathing, to calm himself. And he developed positive self-talk, using great care in choosing the words he used when talking to himself and others about the jump.
    How claustrophobia almost grounded supersonic skydiver - CNN.com

 

 

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