Skydiver speaks out about record-breaking jump
UNDATED (NBC) -- It was the death-defying leap that had all of America -- and the world -- glued to the televisions.
Felix Baumgartner jumped to earth breaking the sound barrier on his way down.
It was a moment five years in the making.
On Sunday, October 14, 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner stepped out onto the edge of his capsule, 24 miles above the earth - and jumped into the history books.
“I've been thinking about this for so many years,” said Baumgartner, "in my mind I did the jump many times...I was ready to go."
But during his free-fall the former Austrian para-trooper went into an out-of-control spin.
For the millions watching live online and on TV, Felix was just a speeding white dot.
But in this newly-released video which will be seen in an upcoming national geographic documentary, the view is terrifying.
Had his specially-designed space suit torn, it would have meant instant death.
During the 4-minutes and 20-seconds of free-fall, he reached record-breaking speeds of 833-point-9 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier. All the while, he was being closely watched by the team at Redbull Stratos Mission control in New Mexico as well as his family and friends.
“I had an incredible view,” said Baumgartner.
Baumgartner said he really didn't enjoy the stunt until his parachute opened and he knew he was going to be okay.
He said now that he's set the record, he's officially retiring from the dare devil business.