NBCNEWS.COM - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to be the first supersonic skydiver.
The former military parachutist from Austria had planned to ride a pressurized capsule carried aloft by a 55-story, ultra-thin helium balloon into the stratosphere, and then take a giant leap in a specially designed suit.
But winds and delays from a lost radio and problems with the capsule contributed to the decision shortly after 11:30 a.m. MT (1:30 p.m. ET) to abort the mission. Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 2 mph or below.
Baumgartner said he will try again. It was unclear if that would come this week. click here to read more