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Subject Mission aborted: Daredevil's death-defying 23-mile leap from space postponed due to winds
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Original Message Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 2mph or below.

At sunrise, winds at 700 feet above ground - the top of the balloon - were 20mph.

But with winds calming, they began the launch process, with 43-year-old Baumgartner suiting up and entering the capsule.

A statement from organisers Red Bull Stratos said: "The balloon inflation had begun, and then gusty winds picked up and made a launch impossible.

"At this stage the mission team is closely monitoring possible new launch days before a green light is given for another countdown."

When it goes ahead, Baumgartner will make a nearly three-hour ascent to 120,000 feet, then take a bunny-style hop from a pressurised capsule into a near-vacuum where there is barely any oxygen to begin what is expected to be the fastest, farthest free-fall from the highest-ever manned balloon.

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