National Geographic Channel Releases Exclusive, Never-before-seen Footage From
Felix Baumgartner's Body Cams During His Historic Free Fall From Space
Footage Includes Moment When Baumgartner Went Supersonic at 1.24 Mach
Before Temporarily Spinning out of Control
National Geographic Channel Special SPACE DIVE Set to Premiere Sunday, Nov.
11, at 7 PM ET/PT
Just after 2 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, pilot Felix
Baumgartner captivated the world as he stepped off the ledge of his 128,100
ft. (39,045 m) high balloon capsule and began a 4-minute, 22-second free fall
back to earth. In the process, Baumgartner became the first human to break
the speed of sound in free fall without mechanical intervention, reaching a
total speed of 833.9 mph (1,324.8 km/hr). This incredible moment and every
other second of the descent was captured on two body cams by the National
Geographic Channel (NGC) and BBC, released to the public today for the first
The footage taken during the dive will be combined with exclusive
behind-the-scenes access following Baumgartner's four-year metamorphosis from
an elite BASE jumper to an extreme altitude specialist who can think and act
like an astronaut. Space Dive will premiere on NGC on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7
p.m. ET/PT. For a comprehensive wrap-up on this historic space dive, as well
as the upcoming NGC special, go to http://on.natgeo.com/Rx3186.
Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratus mission served to further the progress of
aerospace safety, including the development of a new generation of space suits
and parachute systems, and the development of protocols for exposure to high
altitude and for supersonic acceleration and deceleration. Setting records
for the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump and fastest speed by a
human through the atmosphere, Baumgartner's epic journey ended with him
raising the flag of the National Geographic Society.
FOOTAGE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
US MEDIA ONLY
Link to download footage: http://files.natgeonetworks.com/_2ues5kL51i6P2R
Courtesy lower third: "Courtesy: National Geographic Channel"
MANDATORY mention: "SPACE DIVE premieres Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on
the National Geographic Channel"
Chris Albert, SVP of Communications, (202) 912-6526, firstname.lastname@example.org
/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 22, 2012/
SOURCE National Geographic Channel
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