Watch Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile Free Fall from His Body-Mounted GoPro Cameras

On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth.

His max speed was over 800MPH – while enduring a violent spin as a result of little resistance at such high altitudes. While several other cameras were mounted the balloon capsule, none of them captured the experience quite like the GoPro cameras mounted on his helmet and body.

Look for a shorter version of this video tonight during the Super Bowl.

[via GoPro]

Shooting in the Stratosphere with the Canon 5D Mark II and RED One

Red Bull Stratos is a mission to make the highest free-fall jump in history.  Felix Baumgartner will jump from 120,000-feet (22.7 miles) above the earth and it will be captured from a variety of angles.

To make this happen some of the cameras are modified to deal with the extreme cold and some are encased in nitrogen-filled housings.  Among the gear featured in the above BTS video are several RED One cameras, Canon 5D Mark IIs, Canon EF-S 10-22mm lenses (mounted on the RED One’s) and Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lenses (mounted on the 5D2′s).

Canon is finally getting a trip to space in spite of NASA’s long history with Nikon.

[via PetaPixel]