ROSWELL, N.M. (October 9, 2012)--Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds Tuesday.
The 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 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 miles per hour or less.
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