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Pictures: World record skydive hopeful tests his gear

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner does a test run in New Mexico ahead of his world record attempt for the highest ever free-fall jump.
Up in the sky high above the state of New Mexico in the US, Felix is preparing to jump from the pod. He fell 22km and landed safely in Roswell.
Skydiver Felix sitting in pod
Felix wants to break this man's record. US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger jumped from just over 31km in 1960. Felix hopes he can get even higher and set his own world record.
Joe Kittinger freefalling
Checking how high up he is, his oxygen supply, his speed as he falls and how cold it is outside are just some of the things the control room on the ground has to monitor.
Control room monitoring skydive
The Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is preparing to set a new world record for the highest free-fall jump. On 15 March he did a jump from 22km above the Earth, to test his equipment.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner standing next to pod
Felix hopes this jump will prove to Nasa that astronauts could jump from their spacecraft if something goes wrong during a launch.
Skydiver preparing to jump from pod
His special suit is tougher than an astronaut’s! It gives him oxygen and helps protect him from the extreme cold temperatures high above the Earth.
Skydiver Felix dressed in pressure suit
This huge balloon is attached to the pod which will take Felix up to 36.5km - that’s over four times higher than Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth!
Helium balloon carrying capsule