Austrian’s jump from edge of space is delayed

October 9, 2012 1:24 pm


Image obtained from shows Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner/AFP
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – (AFP) – An Austrian daredevil’s bid to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space, setting records as he breaks the speed of sound in freefall above New Mexico, was delayed by weather Tuesday.

Felix Baumgartner was to ascend 120,000 feet – nearly 23 miles (36 kilometers) – in a capsule taken to the edge of the stratosphere by a helium balloon, before stepping out in a pressurized suit to fall back to earth.

The jump was initially due to take place on Monday, but was then delayed by 24 hours due to weather. Early Monday, it was further delayed by weather until 1430 GMT Tuesday at the earliest, organizers said.


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