Watch Felix Baumgartner's POV as he jumps from the stratosphere
Like the time I did a cannonball from the medium diving board at the neighborhood YMCA, daredevil Felix Baumgartner wowed countless onlookers who tuned in to watch him climb 24 miles into the stratosphere and jump courageously from a space balloon.
The whole breathtaking feat, which took place in October last year, was sponsored by Red Bull and required months of training, several practice jumps, and lots of rescheduling due to gusty wind. Intermittent footage of the scary nine-minute jump had been released online previously, but now Red Bull has published the entirety of the helmet cam footage, along with the 44-year-old Austrian's steely biometrics.
Pay close attention to the 1:00 minute mark when Baumgartner begins to spin wildly out of control for 30 chaotic seconds before he's able to stabilize his descent. The daredevil would later describe the disorienting spin cycle akin to "swimming without feeling the water."
The historical jump eclipsed the original record set in 1960 by Col. Joseph Kittinger (who served as an advisor for Baumgartner) during the Air Force's Project Excelsior by 25,000 or so feet. And unlike the original, some eight million people from around the globe tuned in to watch.
It's a neat, death-defying stunt, surely. What exactly free falling from 127,850 feet has to do with sugary Red Bulls, though, is slightly less clear. Other than the heart palpitations.