Baumgartner Passes Test Through Death Zones

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria prepares to exits the capsule before his jump.

Austria’s FELIX BAUMGARTNER jumped out of a space capsule from an altitude of approximately 71,580 feet as the Red Bull Stratos project moved forward into the manned flight stage in New Mexico. The 42-year-old rode the space capsule attached to a giant helium balloon above the so-called ‘Armstrong Line.’ It is an inhospitable region for humans where liquids begin to vaporize and temperatures plunge to minus 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Humans could not survive in this zone without a spacesuit. PICTURED – May 27, 2010 – Perris, California, U.S. – FELIX BAUMGARTNER works in the air over the Perris, Calif. desert where he jumped from a plane at 26,000 feet in order to test the chest pack and full pressure suit