Friday thrills: Supersonic freefall from space

On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner jumped from a world-record altitude, and now more than a year later, new footage has been released of his supersonic freefall from space.

“I wish you could see what I can see,” he said as he stood on the balloon pod’s platform, ready to jump from a height of 127,852 feet, more than 24 miles up. He continued, “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are. I’m going home now.” Then he stepped into space.

Shortly after he jumped, the 43-year-old BASE (Building, Antenna, Span and Earth) jumper went through a harrowing series of spinning gyrations, where he almost passed out.

Watch the previously unreleased, super-sharp GoPro camera footage of the death-defying hero’s adventure as he breaks the sound barrier — the first time any skydiver has done that, too.

Video and pics: GoPro