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The Stratos Jump is currently on track for tomorrow morning at 5:00 AM PST. (UPDATE: Weather is delaying the launch again. They're looking at closer to 8:00AM PST.) We'll keep you posted of any changes that may happen.
Today's jump was cancelled due to high winds. After delaying the initial launch, everything seemed to line up. Winds then began gusting as they were filling the balloon up and it was decided to cancel the launch/jump once the balloon touched the ground. They were also plagued with radio problems that led to delays as well.
Once a new day and time for the jump have been scheduled, you'll still be able to watch it here. We'll keep you updated.
Early this morning (9:00 AM EST) - when many of us are still asleep and others are starting their day - Felix Baumgartner will be the first human to jump from the edge of space. That's 120,000 feet/23 miles above the earth. From that altitude he will reach supersonic speeds and could be the first human to break the sound barrier with his body!
Just like everyone else, you're probably wondering why he's doing this. After all the same was said when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mt. Everest for the first time. Human curiosity propels us to do some of the dumbest things we can think of. BUT..many of those dumb things can lead us to new discoveries.
Red Bull believes this is one of those discoveries.
If you are near a television, you can watch the entire thing on Discovery as it happens live. Or you can click the play button below and watch the live stream here. You can also watch the stream at www.redbullstratos.com and www.redbull.tv if the stream below isn't working.
Make sure to share this to Facebook and see what everyone else has to say about the jump.
We know that this whole thing is incredibly crazy, but it is also incredibly inspiring. While some may only see a company willing to risk the life of a human for publicity, I see more than that.
With the U.S. space program at a stand-still, this is a new frontier for human discovery. What is the human body capable of? Can we physically touch the edge of space and survive? Could astronauts survive a jump in an emergency situation?
We'll find out today.
What say you?
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Source: Red Bull