While this is generally old news, the jump that Felix Baumgartner did last year still merits a few considerations.
First, I think it’s important to remember that (for now), the event was a fluke. Don’t get me wrong, I think the fact that he did it is great, but it is important to remember that he is a very experienced jumper. Some of the moments during the jump where he goes into a spin… someone less experienced may not have been able to recover.
With that said, I hope there was a good amount of data that was able to be gleaned from his experience. One of the things I read back when it was happeneing was that he had been linked to one of the Columbia astronauts and was thus motivated by that. Regardless of accuracy of those claims, anything that might lead to improvements in astronaut safety/survivability is a good thing.
Now, in case you missed it, here’s a full clip of the jump.