Daredevil Felix Baumgartner took another step -- a great leap, even -- toward his plan to complete a world-record parachute jump from the edge of space. Yesterday, Baumgartner pulled off a successful test jump from 13.6 miles up, landing safely in a Roswell, NM field.
The test jump took 8 minutes, and Baumgartner reached a free-fall speed of 364 mph before opening his chute.
"The view is amazing, way better than I thought," Baumgartner said.
He has one more test jump planned, from 17 miles up, before he completes his 23-mile record attempt sometime between July and October.
The record Baumgartner is trying to break is 19.5 miles, set by retired Air Force officer Joe Kittinger in 1960.