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Skydiver’s Jump Canceled Due to Gusty Winds

Baumgartner is seen inside his capsule before the launch was canceled Tuesday

By JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

But the weather on Tuesday forced his team to cancel his planned ascent in a 55-story, ultra-thin helium balloon that was to take him to the stratosphere.

Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 2 mph or below.