The Giant Balloon Being Used For World's Highest Skydive Is 10 Times Thinner Than A Plastic Sandwich Bag

If weather conditions are right on Tuesday, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will ride a space capsule attached to a balloon to an altitude of 120,000 feet. He will then jump out of the spacecraft in an attempt to go faster than the speed of sound in free fall.  

The massive helium balloon being used for Felix’s mission is constructed from material that’s just 0.0008 inches thick, making it 10 times thinner than a plastic sandwich bag. See the diagram below: 

Balloon and Capsule

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