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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner had to put on hold his plans to make supersonic jump due to unfavorable weather.

Felix Baumgartner, who will make a death-defying free-jump into the southeastern New Mexico desert, and his team hope that the weather will improve in time to make the jump. The skydiver prepared 5 years to make the jump of his life, trying to break several records. The team has been on hold since 5am because of the winds which could make the capsule bounce along the ground.

They hope to get the balloon launched by 10am before the window for a high-altitude flight closes. If the weather gets better it would take an hour and half to fill the balloon and get Baumgartner secured in his capsule to make the mission. The balloon was to be launched at 7am from a field close to the airport.

The jump implies several risks among which spinning until Baumgartner loses consciousness, or damaging the pressurized suit when jumping from the capsule, which will expose him to the lack of oxygen and temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero, or even ‘boiling blood’, which means that lethal bubbles are formed in his bodily fluids.

– update1: earliest launch: 11:30 AM / 17:30 GMT