Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth. Felix set three world records that day—and inspired us all to reach beyond the limits of our own realities, and reimagine our potential to achieve the incredible.
GoPro was honored to be a part of this epic achievement, with seven HERO2 cameras documenting every moment. From the airless freeze of outer space, to the record-breaking free fall and momentous return to ground—see it all through Felix’s eyes as captured by GoPro, and experience this incredible mission like never before. No one gets you closer than this.
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If there’s one thing we never get tired of watching, it’s Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 jump to Earth. Newly released HD footage offers another look at the beautiful, yet terrifying experience.
And really, we’re not sure which adjective is more appropriate here. The clip begins with Baumgartner stepping out of his space pod and looking down to the Earth below. “I wish you could see what I can see,” he says. “Sometimes, you have to get up really high to understand how small you are.”
And then he leaps. The rapid descent from 24 miles above sea level is captured on HD cameras attached to his helmet. The footage may look familiar, but this version is in HD, making the whole experience more beautiful and, yes, a lot more terrifying. In other words, not for the faint of heart.
Fair warning: Nausea-inducing spinning at around the 5:15 mark may be enough give some viewers an urge to reach for a wastebasket.
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