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Sportsnet to Broadcast Red Bull Stratos: Record-Breaking Skydive from the Edge of Space, Oct. 9

– Sportsnet to provide exclusive Canadian coverage of live historic mission to dare human limits of endurance –

– Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner to attempt world's highest-ever skydiveof 120,000 feet from the edge of space and break the speed of sound in free fall-

– Red Bull Stratos aiming to break four world records in total –

TORONTO (October 5, 2012) Sportsnet is on a mission to rewrite history, with exclusive Canadian coverage of Red Bull Stratos – a scientific voyage featuring a jump from the edge of space that will transcend human limits that have existed for more than 50 years.Launch date is set for Tuesday, October 9; as the nature of the event is contingent on the weather, Sportsnet will announce final broadcast details within 24 hours of the confirmed mission time.

Supported by a team of experts, skydiving extremist Felix Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a record-breaking jump rushing towards earth in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in a freefall while providing valuable medical and scientific research data for future aerospace programs.

Baumgartner’s attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to break four world records:

· Highest Manned Balloon Flight (expected minimum of 120,000 feet)

· Free Fall from Highest Altitude (expected minimum of 120,000 feet)

· Supersonic Speed in Freefall (expected: Mach 1, approx. 690mph or faster)

· Longest Freefall Time (expected: 5 minutes, 35 seconds or more)

The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world's leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Baumgartner will strive to break. Kittinger made history on August, 16, 1960 with a parachute jump from 102,800 feet above earth.

Red Bull Stratos is a five-year mission in the making as Baumgartner and Red Bull began to lay the groundwork for a stratospheric free fall to expand the boundaries of human flight in 2005.

For all the latest news, features, factsheets still images and moving images, please visit the Red Bull Stratos Newsroom: www.RedBullStratosnewsroom.com

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Even more remarkable is his right glove lost pressurization during his ascent. His right hand was swollen to twice the size and he was in pain throughout the jump. Yet afterwords his hand returned to normal with no long term effects.

A great history of all this can be found in a book called: The Pre-Astronauts. It goes through the history of Air Force and Navy projects in the 1950's and 1960's. It also shows how tough the human body really is. Dr. John Paul Stapp subjected himself to over 40 G's in rocket sleds, and survived. ( Contrary to reports humans die at 18 G's) Stapp also conducted all this important biomedical research on a shoe string budget. (He is the one that coined the phrase Murphy's Law)

He also created Stapp's Law:

It states "The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle"

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