Felix Baumgartner, team decide against Thursday attempt at supersonix skydive

10:22 AM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria. (Photo by Joerg Mitter/Red Bull via Getty Images)
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JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has decided against a second attempt at making a supersonic skydive over New Mexico on Thursday.

Baumgartner aborted his mission Tuesday due to high winds, but his team had hoped the weather Thursday might allow him another try.

His meteorologist Wednesday morning ruled out a Thursday jump. The team will hold a briefing to talk about next steps.

Baumgartner is hoping to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier by jumping from a capsule floated 23 miles into the stratosphere by 55-story helium balloon.

The jump was postponed due to weather Monday, then aborted at the last minute Tuesday.

The balloon is so delicate that it can only take off if winds are 2 mph or below on the ground.

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