spaceship, a human spaceship down toward the earth. A stunning distance dropping more than 800 miles per hour and smashing the sound barrier. So how could he breathe? How close did he come to passing... See More
spaceship, a human spaceship down toward the earth. A stunning distance dropping more than 800 miles per hour and smashing the sound barrier. So how could he breathe? How close did he come to passing out? Abc's ryan owens takes us inside the jump watched by the whole world. And our guardian angel will take care of you. Reporter: Fearless felix says when he dove from the edge of space 24 miles up, it was like swimming without ever touching the water. When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You do not think about breaking records anymore. The only thing that you want is you want to come back alive. Reporter: Baumgartner was falling at 833 miles an hour, faster than a fighter jet, fast enough to break the sound barrier. Although he didn't hear that moment inside his suit. Then 35 seconds into the plug at nearly 100,000 feet above the earth, a moment of crisis. Felix started to spin. It was one of his worst fears, a death spiral that could leave him unconscious, unable to deploy his parachute. When you were in that, what looked like to me a death spin, you must have been afraid? Well, I was. You are in that situation and it spins you around like hell, and you do not know if you can get out of that spin or not. Reporter:40 seconds later he stopped spinning by bringing his arms closer to his body just like he practiced a million times before. The 43-year-old austrian had another secret weapon, the steely calm voice of a man who had been there. 84-year-old retired colonel joe kittinger held the record. That's him hurtling back to earth back then. Sunday he talked felix through breaking his own record. Okay, here we go. Reporter: You must know your voice in his ear was so comfort. Well, I hope so. That's what I was there to, to help him accomplish the task. And felix is back to earth successfully, the new record holder. Reporter: Ryan owens, abc news, roswell, new xico.
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