Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is making his second attempt at the world-record breaking 23-mile freefall from space. The ascent began some time around 11:15 am this morning.
The ascent should take a total of 3 hours to complete and will be at just around 120,000 feet. The actual space jump for Baumgartner should take about 10 minutes to complete. Baumgartner’s first attempt on Tuesday was scrubbed due to heavy wind conditions.
The previous altitude record is held by U.S. Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger, who jumped 102,800 feet in 1960. If Felix Baumgartner is successful, he’ll freefall from about two miles higher than Kittinger did, and he’ll be the first to break the sound barrier.