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Red Bull Stratos: Jump Cancellations Should Be Sign for Felix Baumgartner

ROSWELL, NM - MARCH 15:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this photo provided by Red Bull, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria seen on his way to the capsule during the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos on March 15, 2012 in Roswell, New Mexico. In this test he reach the altitude 21800 meters (71500 ft) and landed safely near Roswell. Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of the earths atmosphere, where upon reaching altitude of 120,000 feet by helium baloon, pilot and basejumper Felix Baumgartner will then freefall to the ground in an attempt to break the speed of sound. (Photo by Joerg Mitter/Red Bull via Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

For the second consecutive day, extreme sports athlete Felix Baumgartner was forced to cancel his death-defying free-fall due to wind conditions.

Maybe that's a sign, Felix.

Baumgartner is looking to become the first supersonic skydiver by free-falling from a balloon more than 22 miles above the earth near Roswell's airport in New Mexico, according to ABC News.

According to ABC News, "The plan was for Baumgartner to make a nearly three-hour ascent to 120,000 feet, then take a bunny-style hop from the capsule into a near-vacuum where there is barely any oxygen to start his jump."

Mission technical director Art Thompson spoke about canceling the stunt for the second day in a row, saying, "Not knowing if the winds would continue or not, we made the decision to pull the plug."

Baumgartner's original plan to accomplish the feat on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. was scratched because of high winds, leading to this tweet from the Red Bull Stratos.

"It's all about what we do now and accomplish now. We've made it so far, there's no way turning back." Felix Baumgartner

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

To get an idea of just how important this project is to the skydiver, check out this YouTube video:

While it would be one of the most historical moments in the history of extreme sports, perhaps the high winds that have derailed Baumgartner's shot at history two days in a row are a sign that this mission isn't meant to be, as there are many risks that accompany a jump like this.

For one, any contact with the capsule upon exiting could tear his suit, which would expose him to extremely low temperatures and a lack of oxygen. As ABC News writes, "It could cause potentially lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids, a condition known as 'boiling blood.'"

The jump would set four new world records, but after doing some research, the risks undoubtedly outweigh the rewards. For action sports junkies, injuries are rarely considered when there's a chance to make history, but in Baumgartner's case, death is a possibility.

A new date for the jump has not been scheduled as of yet, but Thompson hinted that Thursday could be the next attempt at history.

 

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