UPDATED 10/10/2012 ( 9:35 AM PT)
The mission has been put on hold for an undetermined amount of time. The new target launch time is 6AM MDT/12PM GMT on Sunday October 14. Click here for more details.
UPDATED 10/9/2012 ( 10:44 AM PT)
Mission Control has aborted the whole project for today due to gusty winds and technical issues. There will be a second attempt tomorrow, weather permitting but it looks questionable as of now.
If you don’t know the name Felix Baumgartner, we suggest you become familiar with it soon because that’s the name of the man attempting to make history by being the first person to break the sound barrier without any mechanical assistance.
After five years of intense planning and anticipating, the Red Bull sponsored event will be live streamed to audiences worldwide as Baumgartner parachutes from 120,000 feet, or 23 miles up in the air. He will hit the speed of about 690 miles and hour a mere 40 seconds into the jump.
To help you get some perspective on all this, TMZ explains Baumgartner will “jump from a height more than 3 times the cruising altitude of a commercial jet.” Talk about an adrenaline rush.
As of 9:15 AM PT , the weather is clear and the countdown, which was on hold earlier is back on. The balloon and Baumgartner are scheduled to begin their ascent at 10 AM PT.
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