TODAY   |  October 09, 2012

Daredevil to break sound barrier with 23-mile plunge?

A 43-year-old daredevil known as ’Fearless Felix’ is set to skydive from 23 miles above Earth and plummet for more than five minutes with supersonic speeds reaching up to 700 miles per hour. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>>> and fearless felix baumgardner proves his mettle. the 33-year-old daredevil is set to sky dive 23 miles above earth and plummet. if successful he will be the first human to ever break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft. the former austrian paratrooper has trained for this day for five years. guys, he even had to overcome claustrophobia in that highly pressurized suits. scientists don't really know what effect that will have on the body when he breaks through the sound barrier .

>> what do you have for breakfast if you're not going to do that?

>> not much.

>> i know what effect it will have on the body if that chute doesn't open. he'll look like that little silver object we saw on the surface --

>> it's an amazing trick, but i can only do it once.

>> all right, natalie. thank you