Mission Control! Space jump!
An Austrian daredevil hopes to make a new record-breaking attempt Sunday to jump from the edge of space, days after his initial bid was aborted at the last minute due to gusting winds.
Felix Baumgartner will be transported up to 23 miles above the Earth beneath an enormous balloon, before launching himself into the void, aiming to become the first human to break the sound barrier in free fall.
After an extended delay do to gusty weather, it is hoped that on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, daredevil Felix Baumgartner will be carried high above Roswell, N.M., in an attempt to break the high-altitude skydive record that was set 52 years ago by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger. Discovery Channel and Discovery News will be covering the event LIVE. Follow this special Wide Angle investigating the history of high-altitude skydives, some of the technology involved in Baumgartner’s record attempt and links to our live coverage on the day.