Baumgartner was suited up and in the capsule waiting for the balloon that would take him to the edge of the atmosphere to fill up yesterday. He had waited two years from the project's original launch date for that moment. A five-hour weather delay at that point seemed like nothing. It was here, finally. He was going to jump from a higher point than anyone, ever. He was going to be the first person to break the sound barrier without help from a plane. Until the wind picked back up again and ruined his day. Now, Red Bull, the company financing the jump, tells Reuters the next (and earliest) day they're considering is Sunday. The wait could be longer.
The jump was originally going to happen in 2010, the year in which Esquire's Luke Dittrich introduced us to the man planning to jump from space. A lawsuit claiming Red Bull stole the idea for the space jump delayed the project for almost two years. Red Bull settled the lawsuit and resumed the project in July 2011.
With years in the making, what's another week? Hopefully Baumgartner's not getting impatient. If it does go down on Sunday, we'll be here to tell you about it.
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