After squeezing into a white spacesuit and helmet, daredevil Felix Baumgartner entered a pressurized capsule and waited to be taken by balloon to 120,000 feet above New Mexico for a leap into history.
But as the desert winds picked up, 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 about 2 mph.
Mission officials said that weather conditions Wednesday were not expected to be suitable, and they 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. That free fall was more than 19 miles, or 102,800 feet.