The view from 128,000 feet is breathtaking, almost serene. It’s what daredevil Felix Baumgartner stared at before bravely stepping into the void on Sunday, Oct. 14; a feat that cemented his place in history as the first human to break Mach 1 without any mechanical propulsion assistance. Increeeedible.
There was a moment yesterday, quickly after leaping from the Stratos capsule, when Baumgartner began to spin, violently. When you’re exceeding 800 mph, you have no control; you just fall. But, amazingly, Baumgartner managed to stabilize, getting him into a position where he was fully in command.
“There was a time I really thought I was in trouble,” Baumgartner said. “I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable. That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was about to get out of it and break the speed of sound.”
The amazing footage, captured by a chest camera, shows the moment where it all went wrong — it looks like he’s descending on an alien planet. You can see just how much he was spinning by the reflection on his visor. But right when you think it’s all going to hell, Baumgartner slowly flips over, and the video beautifully fades out, going down in history as the highest ever freefall.
For a short recap of the entire experience, watch the video below, but not before seeing the jump from Baumgartner’s perspective. It’s truly an incredible sight.