It is beginning to look like today is the day that Felix Baumgartner will finally get the chance to make his historic jump from 23 miles above the surface of the planet. The winds in Roswell, New Mexico are light this morning and the skies are clear. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 9:00AM local time and it will take Felix approximately three hours to float up to his jumping point in his helium filled balloon. After that, it is five minutes of free fall, during which he’ll hit speeds in excess of Mach 1, before he pulls his ripcord and spends 15-20 more minutes drifting back to Earth.
You can watch the entire thing live in the YouTube stream below. It should be quite a show, and after all the delays and setbacks, it is beginning to look like today will be the day.
Good luck Felix! Godspeed!
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