Joseph Kittinger holds the record for the highest, fastest and longest skydive in history. On August 16, 1960, he made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m). He fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 988 km/h before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m).
In the Red Bull Stratos project, pilot Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 ft and jump out, in the process attempting to break records for the highest manned balloon flight, the longest freefall duration and the highest skydive. The core objective is to push the limits of human endurance, explore the edge of space and deliver insights for science and education. ([sic] YouTube)
Here is the mission teaser. I can’t wait to see the footage from the actual jump.