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UPDATE 1-Daredevil's New Mexico skydive called off for now

(Adds uncertainty over next launch attempt)

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

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 momentsafter 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 and it was not immediately clear when anew launch attempt might be made.

"The launch is just a very dicey moment," missioncommentator Bob Hager said during a live webcast of the event.

He said the weather forecast for Wednesday was uncertain andconditions were expected to deteriorate for the rest of theweek.

Winds were about 17 mph (27 kph) when the balloon launch wascalled off at 1:43 p.m. EDT (1743 GMT).

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

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Keywords: USA SPACE/SKYDIVE ABORT