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Daredevil's New Mexico skydive called off for now

Oct 9 (Reuters) - An Austrian daredevil called off hisdeath-defying skydive from a balloon 23 miles (37 km) over theNew Mexico desert on Tuesday due to winds at the launch site.

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old helicopter pilot, hot-airballoonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing tobreak a longstanding altitude record.

But his team announced the launch had been aborted momentsbefore Baumgartner's balloon was set to carry him aloft overRoswell, New Mexico.

"Mission aborted due to gusty winds," a statement on thewebsite of sponsor Red Bull said.

It gave no details.

(Reporting By Irene Klotz; additional reporting by Jane Sutton;Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Keywords: USA SPACE/SKYDIVE ABORT