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‘Fearless’ Felix’s 23-Mile Supersonic Skydive Live (NOW!... ABORT due to Gusty Winds)

Just before dawn, “Fearless Felix” will don a custom-made spacesuit and ascend high over the New Mexico desert in a capsule suspended beneath an immense helium balloon, then fall to earth from 120,000 feet. The Austrian adventurer hopes to break an unofficial record Col. Joe Kittinger set with a leap from 102,800 feet in 1960, and expand our understanding of what happens during a free fall from extreme altitude. Such lessons could be valuable as commercial space flight takes off.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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earliest launch now 6:30AM PDT due to winds

Comment by Powell Gammill
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The feed goes live at 6:30 a.m. Mountain standard (daylight time actually) time (8:30 a.m. Eastern), and lift-off is slated for 6:57 a.m. (8:57 a.m. Eastern). Baumgartner is expected to land between 10 and 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. Eastern) and arrive back at Mission Control for a briefing by 10:45 a.m.

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