Because you do such a great job of reporting and showing the world - this video especially - I can experience all the excitement that he felt as he broke the sound barrier!! Thanks again!
Published February 3, 2014
The world held its breath when Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space on October 12, 2012, falling from an altitude of 24.2 miles to Earth. And now there's a Baumgartner's-eye view of his epic fall—including a dizzying spin.
A new video clip was released this weekend during a Super Bowl XLVIII commercial for GoPro cameras; seven cameras were used to capture Baumgartner's point of view. The Super Bowl ad showed six seconds, but a longer video of the jump has been released.
Before the previously unreleased footage starts, there's a historic clip of Baumgartner's predecessor, Joe Kittinger, suiting up for his jump from 31 kilometers (20 miles) up in 1960. Kittinger trained Baumgartner and was his guiding voice as he prepared to jump.
The cameras follow Baumgartner on his descent and capture the dizzying free-fall spin. "Feels like I have to pass out," he said as he spun downward.
Baumgartner seemingly hovers above the surface before landing in the field below.
Baumgartner broke the record for skydiving and became the first person to break the speed of sound. He was chosen as the National Geographic People's Choice Adventurer of the Year 2013 and was interviewed last year after his jump. (See photos from his historic jump.)
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".. The cameras follow Baumgartner on his descent and capture the dizzying free-fall spin. "Feels like I have to pass out," he said as he spun downward..."
I was awesome in seeing this jump frome edge of space, and I was deeply scared to saw him spinning, but Mr. Baumgartner stabilzed and than touched the earth savely. My heartbeat was hitten fast and then was going normal again. This Skydiving was amazing and unique in the world. Breathtaking moment and wonderful pictures from our globe. Thanks.
Upon re-viewing the video, I realized I overlooked the fact the Joe Kittredge had done this decades ago. Even more kudos to him; he didn't have the advantage of today's technology, so a standing ovation to both men!
No apologies for having the only contrary opinion. The spectacular photography taken during his fall was done with the camera, and could have been done without a man. Credit for breaking the sound barrier during free fall belongs to the force of gravity. If he broke any laws during this stunt he could always plead insanity.
As I watched Baumgartner coming down I got dizzy myself. I truly think he is a brave man. He reminds me of McGuiver, the movies. One thing I would like to ask is: What would this action come to prove in the future? Are men trying to prove that each individual would be traveling along the world solo in a flying machine? I know there are some amazing things happening already, but where is these all taking us? To other worlds perhaps?
what a brave, brave man! where is Felix today? writers of the recent film "Gravity" must have taken a lesson from his book.
The earth is prepared to serve man for 4.8 billion years, the man came to earth for a few thousand years .. for use but not for détruir.
MARAVILLOSO , OJALA Y PUEDA REALIZAR UN VIAJE ASTRAL,
WONDERFUL, I HOPE HE CAN DO IT IN BETWEEN PLANETS,.
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