Guinness World Records - Officially Amazing

One year on: Watch new documentary on Felix Baumgartner's record breaking Space Dive

 
 
 
 
 
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner's supersonic sky dive which set five world records.

The Austrian aerospace pioneer, aided by the Red Bull Stratos team, tested the physical limits of mankind by becoming the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall.

The 43-year-old also set new records for the highest freefall parachute jump (both FAI-sanctioned and unsanctioned), the highest vertical speed in freefall and the greatest freefall distance.

More than eight million people tuned in online to watch the feat, also setting a new record for the most concurrent views of a live stream on YouTube.

The attempt saw Felix jump from a capsule taken to the centre of the stratosphere above New Mexico by a giant helium balloon.

The adventurer plummeted to earth with an attributed speed of 833.9mph (1,343km/h), hitting Mach 1.24.It took nine minutes for him to reach the ground.

Guinness World Records officials were on the ground at the attempt site in Roswell, with Felix presented with a GWR certificate to mark his achievement following his safe return to earth.

"On the step, I felt that the whole world is watching," Felix said following the jump.
"I said I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing."

To celebrate the anniversary, music streaming service Rdio is hosting a documentary by Red Bull Media House entitled Mission to the Edge of Space: The Full Story Behind Red Bull Stratos.

The film includes new, behind-the-scenes footage of the 128,000-foot sky dive.

Click the image below to watch the documentary. Please note – in order to view the film you’ll need to sign up for a free of charge Rdio account.

Baumgartner video

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