Skydiver hopes to make supersonic jump over New Mexico

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JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ROSWELL, NM (AP) - Preparations for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert are on hold Tuesday morning due to winds, but his team is hopeful the winds will die down and he'll still make the jump.

Baumgartner's team says winds on the ground are still, but are in the high teens at about 700 feet, which is about the height of the top of the balloon. Baumgarterner's team is on hold, hoping the winds die down in time to get the mission prepped and the helium balloon launched before the window for a high-altitude flight closes around 10 a.m. Mountain time.

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