Daredevil attempts 23-mile high space jump in July (VIDEO)

\'I step off and accelerate so fast that within the first 30 seconds I break the speed of sound.\' (Photo courtesy FoxNews)

WASHINGTON – Imagine jumping out of a pod 23 miles above earth into -70 degree fahrenheit conditions, then freefalling for 5 minutes in a pressurized suit so your blood doesn’t boil.

Can’t? That’s because it’s never been done, but it might in July.

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner will attempt the world’s first space jump in the Red Bull-sponsored event. The company announced the stunt Feb. 6, and Baumgartner says conditions over New Mexico will be ideal in the middle of the summer.

“I like the challenge,” Baumgartner told FoxNews.com. “I have a passion for aviation, and I love working on things that start from scratch,” he explained.

Learn more about the jump in this interview:

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