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It's been more than a year since Felix Baumgartner set a world record for longest freefall, breaking the sound barrier in his 23-mile descent, but that doesn't mean the jump has lost its thrill — and this newly released footage gives you a better (and more vertigo-inducing) view than ever.
The extended cut shows Baumgartner talking over the radio with mission control and retired Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger, who set the previous record for freefall all the way back in 1960.
"There it is. There's the world out there," says Kittinger as Baumgartner edges out of the drop pod, suspended under the massive balloon that brought it up to 128,100 feet above sea level.
"I wish you could see what I see," replies Baumgartner as he prepares to jump. "Sometimes you have to be up really high to understand how small you are."
Then, with a salute, he dives off the platform, disappearing from view in a matter of seconds.
But what starts as a peaceful fall, as seen from Baumgartner's perspective (via body-mounted GoPro cameras), soon turns into a sickening spiral. After several unintelligible comments, he remarks: "I have been in a violent spin for a long time. Feels like I have to pass out."
Soon after, however, he stabilizes himself and cheers are heard from the control room. Breaking the sound barrier for a world record, he quips, "I'm hauling ass." At that speed, it's not long before he's at 8,000 feet, releasing his parachute cord and then sticking the landing.
It's exhilarating to watch, and certainly a more comprehensive look than the abbreviated version that will show during the Super Bowl. No doubt GoPro expects millions to look up the full-length video after their appetites are whetted by this 30-second spot.