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Stunning footage shows Felix Baumgartner’s space jump first hand (VIDEO)

Stunning footage shows Felix Baumgartner’s space jump first hand (VIDEO)
A new documentary film allows viewers to experience daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free-fall from 39km above the Earth. The video was released to mark the anniversary of the record-breaking sky dive.

The hair-raising video follows the jump from the edge of Space from three different angles, while dials on the edge of the screen document altitude and speed.  

Lasting a total of nine minutes, the footage starts with Baumgartner tumbling out of his capsule and plummeting towards Earth. The footage even allows the viewer to experience the moment when the Austrian BASE jumper breaks the sound barrier, hitting a top speed of 1,358 kilometers an hour.

After the jump Baumgartner entered the record books as the first human to break the sound barrier. The Austrian adrenaline junky said the physiological information gathered during the fall could be invaluable “for those who are exploring how people might be able to bail out of aircraft at ultra-high altitudes.”

Red Bull – who sponsored the jump – released the video to celebrate the first anniversary of Baumgartner’s feat. The original live feed broadcast on the day of the jump also broke records with over 8 million people tuning in to watch it.

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria stands on the forklift in front of the capsule during final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on October 9, 2012. (Red Bull Stratos / Red Bull Content Pool)

The jump itself was fraught with danger and took over five years to plan. The slightest slip-up could have sent Baumgartner spinning out of control, causing him to lose consciousness.

Baumgartner told press after the jump that he would never be able to surpass his space jump and was planning to retire and become a helicopter rescue pilot.

 The previous record for the highest parachute jump was held by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 31,300 meters back in 1960.

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrates after successfully completing the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on October 14, 2012. (Red Bull Stratos / Red Bull Content Pool)

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