Full video of Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 11:56 AM -
"Sometimes you have to be up really high to understand how small you are," comes the tinny, sort-of-intelligible voice of daredevil atmo-jumper Felix Baumgartner at around the 3:20 mark of the Youtube Video below, released this week by GoPro.
Everyone knows what the Austrian daredevil did next: He stepped out of the balloon capsule and plunged into the Earth's atmosphere.
And what a plunge - 39 kilometres from near-orbit down to the Earth's surface, in October 2012.
It took him 4 minutes and 19 seconds, breaking the sound barrier on the way, reaching speeds of 1,137 km/h.
We've seen several videos since then, butGoPro's release of the entire video on YouTube, which has made the rounds on sites such as EarthSky of the experience lets us see the whole thing in its totality - including the death-spiral that Baumgartner found himself in half-way through (check out the 5:30 mark for the start of an increasingly dire exchange between the jumper and his handlers below).
Baumgartner broke several records, including the highest free-fall, the longest free fall, and becoming the first man to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.
And, for extra points, Baumgartner and the event's organizers seemed to know they were standing on the shoulders of giants. The jump came 65 years, to the day, after American test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier in a plane - or ever.
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