In the wee hours of Tuesday, Felix Baumgartner is predicted to become the world-record holder for the highest free fall. Specifically, he’ll be climbing 23 miles up into the sky—to what is essentially the edge of space—and jumping. While he’s at it, Baumgartner will become the first person to free fall through the sound barrier.
And the National Geographic Channel will be detailing every second of it.
SPACE DIVE, an exclusive two-hour special documenting Baumgartner’s epic dive and his journey leading up to it, premieres this November only on the National Geographic Channel.
Captured with more than 20 cameras, footage of the epic dive will be combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes access following Baumgartner’s four-year metamorphosis from a BASE jumper to an extreme altitude specialist who can think and act like an astronaut. The two-hour special event will show all the physical and aptitude training that Baumgartner undertook, as well as his test jump from 70,000 feet.
With breathtaking footage of the jump itself, viewers will be able to share in Felix’s experience every step of the way: launching from the New Mexico desert; climbing 23 miles in a space capsule suspended below a gigantic balloon; stepping out at 120,000 feet to see the curvature of the earth; and, if all goes as planned, free-falling through the stratosphere at over 700 miles per hour to break the speed of sound.
Apart from the usual dangers of free-falling, the near vacuum of the stratosphere and the perils of traveling faster than the speed of sound make Felix Baumgartner’s space dive all the more audacious. Since Colonel Joe Kittinger’s record-setting jump in 1960, two men have died in similar attempts.
(Read “Supersonic Skydive’s 5 Biggest Risks” for more about the dangers he will face.)
Announced earlier by Redbull as being delayed due to “a cold front with overly strong winds,” Felix Baumgartner’s epic jump from 23 miles above New Mexico is, as of now, scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012, sometime in the window from 30 minutes before sunrise to two hours after sunrise.
Follow live coverage of the jump starting Tuesday 9am EST at National Geographic News.
VIDEO: Felix Baumgartner test-jumps in preparation for his ultimate mission: a record-breaking supersonic free fall from 23 miles in the sky. Don’t miss SPACE DIVE, a two-hour special about the epic jump, coming in November only on the National Geographic Channel.