Footage broadcast on Austrian television shows the first moments of daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s 128,000-foot descent to Earth.
Baumgartner ascended to the dizzying height inside a capsule attached to an ultra-thin 55-story helium balloon. More than 7 million people from across the world watched as he made the death-defying jump on Sunday.
“When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” he told the Associated Press after his jump. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”
During the first moments of his jump, Baumgartner began to spin out of control due to the thin atmosphere. The space suit he was wearing was equipped with an emergency parachute that would deploy automatically if he experienced excessive G-force.
Luckily, Baumgartner was able to regain control before the parachute automatically deployed and became the first man to reach supersonic speed in a free fall.
Watch the video below: