An Austrian daredevil plans to leap from nearly 23 miles above the Earth on Oct. 8 in a supersonic plunge that, if successful, will be the world's highest-ever skydive. If all goes according to plan, a helium-filled balloon will lift off from Roswell, N.M., and carry Felix Baumgartner's custom-built capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet. The daredevil will then step out of the capsule into the void, breaking a skydiving record that has stood for 52 years. The current record for world's highest skydive stands at 102,800 feet. It was set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger, who serves as an adviser for Baumgartner's mission.
Is Baumbartner the ultimate daredevil ... or just plain crazy?
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The Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” is teaming up with “Titanic” director James Cameron in a bid to prove the film's hero, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, did not die in vain in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic. In the blockbuster movie, DiCaprio's character Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet's Rose are left clinging to a plank of floating debris after the cruise ship sinks following a collision with an iceberg en route to America.
Experts insist the lovers would have been able to stay afloat on the plank of wood until help arrived, but the moviemaker is keen to prove them wrong -- and he has joined forces with a team of experts to make his case. The director says it’s clear that there’s only enough buoyancy available for one person so he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down.
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