The above screenshot is of Felix Baumgartner suiting up for his historic 23-mile jump from the edge of space. After a number of weather related delays this morning, the Stratos team has been given the thumbs up to move forward.
If Baumgartner’s attempt goes according to plan, he will be the first human ever to break the sound barrier without the assistance of machinery propelling him through the air. Additionally, he’ll set a record for the highest freefall (120,000 feet), breaking the previous record held by USAF Captain Joe Kittinger.
The world’s craziest dare devil is going through all the necessary procedures before being hoisted into the air by a gigantic helium balloon. You can watch the entire thing unfold in the live video below.
Update: After a five hour weather delay, Baumgartner and his crew had a brief window where winds had calmed enough for the launch to occur. But just as Baumgartner was getting ready to ascend to the heavens, the weather worsened, with winds causing Mission Control to delay the launch until tomorrow. Even then, weather conditions are still uncertain, so Baumgartner will have to wait to make his historic jump until Mother Nature cooperates. Because of the delicate nature of the operation, and the helium balloon, conditions have to basically be perfect — wind speeds of around 2 mph — for the mission to go ahead. We’ll update with more information soon.