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One man has a date with destiny and possibly an undertaker today as Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes his final preparations for a record-breaking skydive from 23 miles above the planet. Baumgartner will take off in an adapted weather balloon and fly to the edge of space before jumping from his capsule.

Flying faster than the speed of sound, he aims to break the 52-year-old height record set by Joe Kittinger.

The venture is being sponsored by the energy-drink maker Red Bull. Organizers say that 30 video and still cameras will record the jump, including five attached to Baumgartner’s pressure suit.

Red Bull has been promoting a live internet stream of the event, which will come from all cameras except those on Baumgartner’s body. Organizers said there would be a 20-second delay in their broadcast, in case of accident.

Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past 25 years, says that this jump will be his last. He says he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the US and Austria.

Be prepared. It’s not an apocalyptic foreboding message thank fully, it’s just that the moon is going to be vibrantly bright this evening so have your  cameras at the ready, or let someone else do the hard work and Google their pics tomorrow.

Something you might not know about this so-called Supermoon:

1. As of 11:35 p.m. EST, the moon will officially be completely full.

2. Saturday’s full Moon happens to coincide with the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth for the month, an event astronomers refer to as “perigee”.

3. Tomorrow’s perigee will actually be the closest to Earth in all of 2012 (some perigees are closer than others), making tomorrow’s Moon a super-supermoon!

Enjoy the sea of tranquillity.

The Millionth Picture From The International Space Station

In what is a pretty incredible milestone, astronaut Don Pettit provided us with the millionth picture taken from the International Space Station.

The pic features a green strip of aurora light, which  is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

Science lesson over for today.

To date, space station astronauts have snapped enough photos to fill at least 319 single-layer DVDs, or 60 single-layer Blu-ray discs, NASA officials said.