Leaping from nearly twenty-five miles above the Earth from a balloon platform no bigger than a skateboard, Felix Baumgartner goes into the record books. Red Bull definitely gave him wings. His landing was so smooth, he actually touched down gently on his feet, took a couple of steps, and then knelt in thanks. He spent over four minutes in freefall before opening his parachute.
There were some concerns with the heater built into his helmet visor, and on the way down Baumgartner reported some fogging of the visor. But when he reached lower altitude, the problem disappeared in the warmer air. After his landing, the ground crew reached him in seconds.
Preliminary data indicates Baumgartner went supersonic, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 1.24, or about 944 miles an hour.
This writer nominates Felix Baumgartner as 'The Bravest Man on Earth'.
This link leads to a fourteen-minute video at YouTube showing Felix preparing, and then jumping from the capsule.
It ends with his successful landing in the New Mexico desert.