After squeezing into a white spacesuit and helmet, daredevil Felix Baumgartner entered a pressurized capsule and waited to be taken to 120,000 feet above New Mexico for a leap into history.
But as the desert winds picked up to 17 mph, the attempt to break the world’s free-fall record was scrubbed Tuesday afternoon. Officials had said that an attempt at the feat, the longest and fastest free fall, can be made only if winds on the ground are around 2 mph, but have not decided when to try again.
Baumgartner, 43, was seeking to shatter a record set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. His world record stands at more than 19 miles, or 102,800 feet.
The perilous stunt, called Stratos, is funded by the energy drink company Red Bull and was to have been webcast live. The mission was first set to begin around 5:30 a.m. PDT, but it was pushed back to 10:30 a.m. because of gusty winds.