Freefallin': Full POV video of Baumgartner's Stratos dive

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner's freefall to Earth is now watchable through a dramatic first-person video.

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The view from Baumgartner's fall. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Last year, Felix Baumgartner became the real-life version of David Bowie's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" when he took a daredevil freefall from nearly 128,000 feet above the planet's surface. The Red Bull-sponsored Stratos mission kept viewers on edge for nine breathtaking minutes.

It was exciting enough to view the external video of the freefall, but now Red Bull has released a full point-of-view video that lets you experience the jump all over again from Baumgartner's viewpoint.

The spinning is dizzying to behold. The video also includes multiple angles from cameras on Baumgartner's suit, as well as altitude, airspeed, biomed, and G-force readings. You can see his feet dangling out, blowing in the wind. This video is as close as most people will ever get to such a thrilling experience.

The video comes complete with all the sounds surrounding Baumgartner during the freefall. There's the wooshing sound of the high altitude as he jumps and the flapping noises made by the unfurling of the parachute. For greatest effect, I suggest watching the video on full-screen mode with the lights off and fan pointed at your face.

The release of the POV video coincides with the debut of a documentary about the Stratos project, "Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull's Stratos." That film is available for viewing online for the price of connecting via Facebook to Red Bull partner Rdio, a streaming music service.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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