View Photo Gallery: Felix Baumgartner, the 43-year-old extreme athlete from Austria, has been preparing for his 23-mile free fall for years. Here’s a look at some of his efforts to prepare for what could be a record-breaking free fall.

1:58 p.m.: The live feed has cut out, following the “abort” call on Baumgartner’s flight due to gusty winds. An announcement posted to the Red Bull Stratos YouTube channel notes that the weather “may not be favourable for a launch [Wednesday].” So, we’ll be keeping an eye out for further updates. But for now, we, like Felix and his team, are shutting down the live blog for today.

1:37 p.m.: The call to abort the mission has been called ”due to gusty winds,” according to Red Bull’s live feed.

1:32 p.m.: The countdown clock has started, with less than four minutes to go.

”I am strapped into the capsule, and I am ready to go.” Felix Baumgartner to Joe Kittinger in Mission Control #stratos #livejump

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

Update 1:15 p.m.: Baumgartner has entered the capsule, according to Red Bull’s twitter feed:

Felix gets raised into the capsule #livejump #stratos…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

Felix enters the capsule. Inflation has officially begun. #stratos #livejump…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

Update 11:50 a.m.: Live broadcast of the jump is expected to start at 1:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. MDT 1:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. MDT. The live feed from Red Bull is currently pointing into the sky and has been for the past few hours even as Red Bull continues to post photographs of the preparations via its Twitter account. And followers are none too pleased:

@redbullstratos SHOW THIS ON THE LIVE STREAM!!! I don’t want to see the sky!

— James Hyde (@JamesEHyde) October 9, 2012

Meanwhile, Baumgartner is, according to Red Bull’s twitter account, continuing to prepare for his jump.

Felix is preparing to pre-breathe inside of the capsule. #livejump #stratos…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012


The mission has resumed.

According to the latest update from Red Bull’s YouTube live feed, the balloon is in the process of being laid out for extreme skydiver Felix Baumgartner to begin his ascent into the stratosphere.

The 30 million cubic sq ft balloon is being unrolled by ATA. #stratos #livejump…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

Baumgartner seeks to complete a 23-mile free fall, landing in the new Mexico desert.

The team is preparing to roll out the balloon. Weather is looking optimistic for launch. #stratos #livejump…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012

The Austrian’s jump was delayed due to winds.

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