Skydiver gears up for record free fall

May 26, 2008 | Source: AP

Michel Fournier, 64, plans to jump from a balloon at 130,000 feet and free-fall at up to 932 mph an hour (1.7 times the speed of sound), smashing through the sound barrier and landing by parachute in Saskatchewan, Canada.

He hopes to bring back data that will help astronauts and others survive in the highest of altitudes, and break the record for the fastest and longest free fall, the highest parachute jump and the highest balloon flight.