UPDATE: He’s back down! Safe and well.
UPDATE: 2012-10-14 He’s going up, right now!
Baumgartner’s mission to the edge of space will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than fifty years. Supported by a team of experts, he will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to almost 37000 metres and then make a potentially record-breaking freefall jump in an attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (about 1236 kilometres per hour at sea level and 20 Celsius). Apparently, he will also deliver invaluable data for medical and scientific research on his downward journey.
We broadcast the live event at the time, but here’s the archived video from his sponsors.: