“Fearless’ Felix Baumgartner's attempt to defy human capacities today by skydiving from 23 miles above earth with nothing insulating his descent but a pressurized spacesuit and a parachute -- is cancelled due to wind turbulence. Darn gusty winds defeating the courageous strides of humanity.
Sources say they will resume the jump tomorrow...
This diabolical leap of faith which most people would deem ‘classifiably crazy’ is a long-time coming for Baumgartner who has trained five years for the jump. As a former military parachutist, Baumgartner had already completed over 2,500 jumps from planes and helicopters prior to this anticipated jump.
It sucks to be the world's greatest daredevil today, because his epic adrenaline-rush must be delayed. Wow, what a horrible mental toll this must be taking on his mind.
Live footage is available here:
SPACE JUMP LIVE FEED
The Washington Post described the process as this, “After liftoff, it will take nearly three hours for Baumgartner to ascend to 120,000 feet above Earth – three times higher than the cruising altitude of commercial aircraft. Upon exiting his mission capsule, Baumgartner will jump head first, testing the limits of scientific knowledge as he flies toward Earth at supersonic speeds of 690 mph (Mach 1).”
And they also are anticipating this, “Baumgartner will reach the speed of sound in less than a minute and continue in free fall for five whole minutes before he opens his parachute at 5,000 ft. If all goes according to plan, he will be back on solid ground in 20 minutes.
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