On October 24, 2012, Felix Baumgartner opened the hatch to his capsule from 24.2 miles up in the stratosphere, muttered "Sometimes, you have to be up really high… to understand how small you are" and dropped down to Earth as the entire planet watched the event streamed live on YouTube.
2012 seems like forever ago. Last night's Super Bowl XVIII gave GoPro a chance to remind everyone how incredible Felix's drop was. The footage from the 30-second TV commercial doesn't do the historic event justice, though. Here's the full 8-minute video of the entire fall showing Felix inching out of his capsule, hitting Mach 1.2 speed, and then parachuting to Earth safely — from the view of several GoPro Hero 2 cameras strapped to his body.
With RedBull's help, GoPro was able to shoot the entire mission from start to finish with seven GoPros.
In the video, we hear Joseph Kittinger Jr. (Felix's space-jumping predecessor) communicating with Felix for his free fall and updates him on how fast he's traveling during his plummet.
Needless to say, the footage is completely worth eight minutes. If you don't have time to appreciate this right now, we highly recommend you bookmark it and watch it in full when you do (make sure you've got it set to 720p or 1080p, too).
If anything, the video serves as a reminder that we need to keep pushing our limits. NASA, get your stuff together because we still miss those space shuttles.
Bonus: If you think Felix's insane free fall video is spectacular, wait until you see this video of a bunch of incredible skydivers rescuing James Lee, a professional skydiver who was knocked unconscious, while he was plummeting from the sky.
Via GoPro (YouTube)