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First person plunge: Baumgartner's exhilarating space leap (VIDEO)

Published time: February 01, 2014 21:02
Edited time: February 03, 2014 08:21
Screenshot from youtube.com/ @GoProCamera

Screenshot from youtube.com/ @GoProCamera

What is it like to skydive from the edge of space? A brand new and positively breathtaking video shows Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner's record setting jump from a pulse raising point of view perspective.

The new footage, lasting eight minutes and captured by body mounted GoPro cameras, shows exactly what Baumgartner saw when he broke the speed of sound while in free-fall.

The video includes the footage of an uncontrollable spin that the ‘space diver’ experienced after jumping from a balloon about 39km above Earth, sending the viewer into vertigo.

“In that situation, when you spin around, it's like hell and you don't know if you can get out of that spin or not. Of course it was terrifying. I was fighting all the way down because I knew that there must be a moment where I can handle it,” said Baumgartner as cited by the Daily Mail.

Baumgartner made his death-defying jump in October 2012, becoming the first human to break the speed of sound by reaching a total speed of 833.9 mph, or mach 1.24. He also set the records for the highest balloon ascent and highest parachute jump.

The previous record for the highest parachute jump was held by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger. The new video includes archive footage of Kittinger’s jump from 31,300 meters back in 1960.

Comments (7)

 

Waterflaws in Denver 03.02.2014 20:44

Why the day in releasing this video? When I read THAT, I didn't bother watching or reading any further.

 

Ron Reagan 02.02.2014 13:22

[quote name='Caveman' time='02.02.2014 11:58']...The way this event was published, the way the ground staff was acting, looks to me "Hollywood at it's best". For me, the entire event appears to be a complete fake and an impressive advertisement stunt by the sponsor.
Do I have any scientific evidence to this claim, no it's just my gut feeling..
[/quot e]

Of course this wasn't done purely for scientific achievement. It was a literal PR stunt by Red Bull. Not everything is a carefully planned conspiracy, especially not on the basis of George W Bush-style "gut science". Props to Felix, this was incredible.

 

Caveman 02.02.2014 11:58

this record breaking jump was reported october 2012. Why is this impressive video published only now, more than 1 year later? The way this event was published, the way the ground staff was acting, looks to me "Hollywood at it's best". For me, the entire event appears to be a complete fake and an impressive advertisement stunt by the sponsor.
Do I have any scientific evidence to this claim, no it's just my gut feeling..

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