If there’s one thing we never get tired of watching, it’s Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 jump to Earth. Newly released HD footage offers another look at the beautiful, yet terrifying experience.
And really, we’re not sure which adjective is more appropriate here. The clip begins with Baumgartner stepping out of his space pod and looking down to the Earth below. “I wish you could see what I can see,” he says. “Sometimes, you have to get up really high to understand how small you are.”
And then he leaps. The rapid descent from 24 miles above sea level is captured on HD cameras attached to his helmet. The footage may look familiar, but this version is in HD, making the whole experience more beautiful and, yes, a lot more terrifying. In other words, not for the faint of heart.
Fair warning: Nausea-inducing spinning at around the 5:15 mark may be enough give some viewers an urge to reach for a wastebasket.