Last October, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner stepped out from a helium balloon floating 127,850 feet above the ground, or a little more than 24 miles, setting the world record for the highest parachute jump, greatest free fall speed, and highest manned balloon flight. He also became the first person to break the sound barrier outside the protection of a vehicle.
From where he began his record-breaking fall, Baumgartner could see the curvature of the Earth and the cold dark sky of outer space. He reached his top speed of 843.6 mph around the 50-second mark and was in free fall for a total of 4:19.
Baumgartner's jump was sponsored by energy drink maker Red Bull, which just released the full POV footage of his jump, complete with on-screen tracking of his speed, altitude, G-force, and heartbeats and respirations per minute. It's a stunning bit of video. Give it a watch here:
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