ABORTED: Felix Baumgartner's 120,000-Foot Skydive Canceled Due to High Winds

Felix Baumgartner has waited five years to skydive from the edge of space, and now he'll have to wait at least one more day

In this Jan. 22, 2010 photo, Felix Baumgartner, left, shakes hands with Air Force Col. (Ret.) Joe Kittinger, right, following a press conference announcing Baumgartner's plan to become the first person ever to break the speed of sound with the human body.
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UPDATE: According to a spokesperson for Red Bull, the skydive will not happen Wednesday, but could happen Thursday. The company is expected to make a decision by 9 a.m. MST tomorrow.

Felix Baumgartner has waited five years to skydive from the edge of space, and now he'll have to wait at least one more day. The 43-year-old Austrian's 120,000-foot skydive attempt was aborted at the last minute in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday after high winds made the jump too dangerous to attempt.

The jump was pushed back several hours due to high winds in the morning. But even after a "small window" of clear weather opened up, it wasn't long enough for Baumgartner to make his attempt as the 600-foot tall polyethylene balloon used to carry his jump capsule was blown over by wind just before takeoff.

[PHOTOS: Baumgartner's 18-Mile Jump]

Red Bull, the energy drink company who is sponsoring the attempt, hasn't announced a new launch, but commentators on the company's live video feed of the mission suggested they'd likely try Wednesday.

The mission has stretched out over five years, due in part to engineering delays and a series of test jumps that were needed to confirm Baumgartner could survive the attemp. In July, he told U.S. News that he's fully committed to making the jump, no matter how long it takes.

If the team can't get the jump in Wednesday, the forecast for the rest of the week looks pretty ominous, so it's unclear when they could make another go.

Besides breaking retired Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger's 50-year-old record for highest skydive, Baumgartner would become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall.

"In 100 years, when I'm gone, people will still talk about the guy who broke the speed of sound outside an aircraft with his own body," he told U.S. News. "You work for something like this for five years, now we're finally almost there. … This is what I've been working for."

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Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at jkoebler@usnews.com. 

Corrected on : Updated 10/9/12, 3:40 p.m.:This article has been updated with new information about a rescheduled attempt.