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Felix Baumgartner Space Leap Seen Through His Eyes in New Video

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Felix Baumgartner leaps from his balloon and begins his descent 128,000 feet to the surface of the earth.

Felix Baumgartner leaps from his balloon and begins his descent 128,000 feet to the surface of the earth.

Felix Baumgartner’s incredible free-fall from the edge of space has been captured on a new point-of-view video that was released yesterday (Jan. 31) and is already going viral on the Internet. He fell more than 24 miles to the surface of the earth.

The stunning video was shot in Oct. 2012 after Baumgartner soared into the stratosphere in a balloon.

Previous video showed him opening the door of the capsule and stepping off the platform before leaping into space. But the new video is point-of-view, shot from a camera mounted on his helme.

The Austrian astronaut set three world records, including breaking the speed of sound in a free-fall.

The event was documented by seven GoPor HERO2 cameras. Ihe airless deep-freeze of outer space, the incredible free fall and momentous safe landing back on Earth are captured as Felix saw it with his own eyes.

In all, he climbed to an altitude of 128,000 feet. He could easily see the curvature of the earth from his vantage point.

He reached a top speed of mach 1.24, or just over 800-mph during his descent, at times pushing himself to the brink of passing out.

His free-fall lasted for more than four minutes, before his parachute opened. Then, it took another five minutes to reach the ground.

“Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive,” he says about the jump.

The video will be appear in GoPro’s Super Bowl commercial, Sunday, Feb. 2. Check it out below and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the hottest viral videos on the Internet.


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