One year ago, Austrian Felix Baumgartner leapt into the stratosphere more than 24 miles from the surface of New Mexico. Before he jumped, he said: “I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see.”
Now, you can. In honor of the jump’s anniversary, Baumgartner’s sponsor, Red Bull, released a point-of-view video, captured using cameras Baumgartner was wearing.
In the first minute of the 9-minute leap, the view of Earth starts circling as Baumgartner starts spinning out of control. He also hits 843.6 miles per hour, breaking the speed of sound (and setting one of several world records). Things settle down after that, relatively speaking.
Halfway through, he checks his controls and opens his parachute, shouting “rock ‘n’ roll!” as he floats toward Earth.
Although the words “space jump” have been used in association with the leap, he wasn’t quite high enough for that: The officially recognized space border starts at an altitude of 62 miles.
Other world records Baumgartner set that day: highest-ever skydive and highest-ever balloon flight.
Baumgartner has said he hopes to spend more time in the sky by learning how to fly helicopters.
“Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you really are,” Baumgartner said.
Watch the video:
Image: YouTube screen capture