This morning at 00:50 Steve Fossett took to the air in his attempt to become the first person to make a solo round-the-world trip without refuelling. He’s in the extremely cool Virgin GlobalFlyer, which was designed specifically for the challenge. It’ll take 80 hours or so, and he’s aiming to stay awake the entire time. Blimey. You can track his progress live from this website, which includes the latest news, maps and even radiation levels. It’s down at the time of writing, but was working all day. He’s currently over Libya, I think.