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Watch Felix Baumgartner Become Immortalized in This Amazing BBC Documentary (Video)

by Brandon Russell | November 19, 2012November 19, 2012 9:00 pm PST

After four years of extensive planning, trial jumps, and agonizing set backs, Felix Baumgartner bravely jumped from 128,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. In the process, not only did he set multiple records — he broke the previous freefall record set by Joe Kittinger of 102,000 feet — Baumgartner traveled faster than the speed of sound. And for a brief moment, blurred the line between Science Fiction and reality, as millions of people looked on from the comfort of their own home.

In collaboration with National Geographic, the BBC shot an incredibly captivating documentary on the entire journey, and the many hardships the Red Bull Stratos team had to overcome in the process. It was never as simple as ballooning Baumgartner up to the float point and, in fact, the four year voyage was so grueling that there were points when the whole thing was almost called off.

But it was Baumgartner’s dedication and supreme obsession that put him in the history books. When you have a dream to fly, you don’t just simply stand at the precipice of a tall mountain. You equip yourself with a state of the art space suit, float to an altitude of 128,000 feet, and jump.

Space Dive is enthralling, incredible look into the Stratos mission, and the science and technical engineering that made the journey possible. The entire video is an hour and a half long, but well worth every minute and second until the final climax when Baumgartner jumps from the edge of space.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...