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Today, the launch of the Red Bull Stratos capsule had to be stopped at 11:42 a.m. local time in Roswell, New Mexico just before Felix Baumgartner's giant 30 million cubic foot balloon had been fully inflated and made ready for take off. From early morning the team postponed the launch due to strong winds at 700 feet - the balloon's top - waiting for the right weather window to open. The launch was scheduled for 11:40 a.m., the balloon inflation had begun, and then gusty winds picked up and made a launch impossible.
Felix Baumgartner is trying to undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120.000 feet and attempt a history-making freefall jump where he would become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall - the first person to do so without the aid of a machine. Felix Baumgartner hopes to help improve our scientific understanding of the stratosphere and how the body copes with the extreme conditions so high above the Earth's surface. The capsule is still intended to be launched to the targeted height attached to a stratospheric balloon: then Felix Baumgartner is to make a freefall back to the earth at supersonic speed before parachuting to the ground.
At this stage the mission team is closely monitoring possible new launch days before a green light is given for another countdown.
Progress will be communicated as it happens.
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