GoPro released an 8-minute video highlighting Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile jump from space in 2012.
During the record-breaking Stratos jump from 128,100 feet above the Earth where he reached upward of 800 mph, Felix Baumgartner was equipped with seven GoPro Hero2′s.
“I wish you could see what I can see,” said Baumgartner, just seconds before stepping from the pod. “Sometimes, you have to get up really high to understand how small you are.”
The GoPro footage gives viewers just that, an upfront look at what Baumgartner saw as he dropped towards Earth. At one point during his jump, he had to overcome a feeling that he was going to pass out as he spun rapidly. ”I have been in a violent spin for a long time. Feels like I have to pass out,” Baumgartner tells mission control.
“From the airless freeze of outer space, to the record-breaking free fall and momentous return to ground—see it all through Felix’s eyes as captured by GoPro, and experience this incredible mission like never before. No one gets you closer than this,” GoPro wrote in an introduction accompanying the newly released footage of Baumgartner’s epic space jump.
The real action starts around 1:40, but as iO9 says, Be Advised: The whole video has an understandably vertiginous quality about it, but things get especially intense around the 5:20 mark, where Baumgartner, shortly after breaking the sound barrier, loses control of his free-fall and begins to spin.”
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October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth. Felix set three world records that day—and inspired us all to reach beyond the limits of our own realities, and reimagine our potential to achieve the incredible.