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Skydiver Hopes to Break Sound Barrier Today

October 14, 2012

By Juan Carlos Llorca, The Associated Press

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ROSWELL, N.M. - A skydiver is preparing for a record-breaking plunge over New Mexico today.

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes no more last-minute cancellations will thwart his attempt to be the first skydiver in history to break the sound barrier.

The former Austrian paratrooper`s team set this morning as the new date for the jump.

The jump was postponed on Monday and Tuesday because of unexpected winds.

On Saturday, the weather forecast seemed favorable and there were no signs from the team early Sunday of any changes.

If successful, "Fearless Felix" will break a 52-year-old altitude record by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 19.5 miles and reached a speed of 614 mph, just under the sound barrier.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Story image: Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria sits in his capsule in preparation for the final manned flight of Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall on Tuesday because of high winds. (AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos)

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