Red Bull Daredevil Prepares To Skydive From The Edge Of Space (VIDEO)

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Felix Baumgartner isn't your average Austrian. After all, over the course of his 42 years on earth he's jumped off Malaysia's 378.6m (1,242ft) tall Petronas Towers - and now he's planning on skydiving from an even higher point: the edge of space.

Set to be lifted 36.5km (120,000ft) off the earth's surface by a specially built balloon, Baumgartner will have to wear a pressure suit to withstand the extreme conditions.

When he eventually carries out the stunt - set to take place at some point this year - he'll travel so fast he'll break the speed of sound.

Amazingly, this isn't the first time the incredible feat has been carried out - that honour goes to U.S. Air Force Colonel (then Captain) Joe Kittinger, who did the very same thing over 50 years ago in 1960.

That said, if Baumgartner pulls it off, he will beat Kittinger's height record - 31km (102,800ft) - but then again, he will be benefitting from the better technology we have today. In other words, as impressive as Baumgartner's plan is, Kittinger's the real hero here.

To find out more about the project, take a look at the video above - and remember kids: don't try this at home.