Crazy Skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s 23-Mile Free-Fall Ruined By A Stupid Breeze

The Stir | October 9, 2012 - 3:50 pm

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Austrian extreme-sport skydiver Felix Baumgartner hurtling 690 miles an hour toward Earth in some fancy pants pressurized space suit. Well, almost. The 43-year-old former military parachutist was all set to launch a 700-foot-tall helium balloon 120,000 feetinto the air above New Mexico, where, in the stratosphere, he was going to release the balloon and fall 23 miles back to the ground, breaking the sound barrier along the way … but that didn’t happen. High winds got in the way and the crew called off the stunt. Baumgartner is attempting to be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier without mechanical help, and thus set an impressive new world record. Called the Red Bull Stratos mission, Baumgartner’s leap from above has been postponed. Read more…