To be completely honest, I'm not entirely sure how I didn't know about this. But in my search for cool space videos I stumbled across the Red Bull Stratos project. If you, like I, was unfamiliar, check out their website.
In short, they are attempting to skydive from incredible altitudes, with the ultimate goal of going beyond 120,000 feet. So far they have made a jump from above 71,000 (check out the video of the attempt here).
This is not all just for fun; there are serious scientific questions underpinning this effort. Very little is known about the effects of edge-of-space survivability.
Therefore with the data gathered rom this experiment, next-generation space suites may be developed, as well as new escape procedures should something go wrong in future space exploration missions.
As this project progresses I'll be sure to update you in the space, so stay tuned.
Image Credit: Jay Nemeth