Felix Baumgartner is going to attempt history today. He is making his final preparations to free fall 23-miles into the New Mexico desert, and become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.

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The early morning launch has been delayed, due to high winds, but just before 11am, the daredevil entered his capsule and began the hour long process of climbing into the stratosphere 

Baumgartner is a 44year old ex-military parachutist from Austria. The ascent will take nearly 3-hours, and the balloon to take him up consists of 55-stories of helium in a thin, easily torn fabric. At 35,000 meters up, Baumgartner will then jump and plunge headfirst back to Earth.

The live event, being streamed at http://www.redbullstratos.com/live will feature nearly 30 cameras, from all angles. The broadcast will be on a 20 second delay, in case of ‘tragic accident’

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