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Felix Baumgartner talks about leap from space

Felix Baumgartner jumped from more than 24-miles in the sky, falling for more than four minutes and reaching speeds of more than 700 miles per hour to become the first man to ever break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.

Although the Austrian daredevil landed safely, he did have some concerns as he fell towards earth.

"Starting spinning so violent. It spun me around in all different axes, you know, and I was always trying to figure out how to stop this," Baumgartner said. "I was putting one arm out, it didn't work, then putting the other arm out, but you're always late, because at that speed...When you travel at that speed, with that suit (and it's pressurized), you don't feel the air at all."

During that time, Baumgartner was falling at a speed of more than 700 miles per hour - well past the speed of sound. The man known as "Fearless Felix" was overwhelmed with emotion when he was back on firm ground.

"It's hard to realize what happened right now, because there's still so many emotions," he said. "I had tears in my eyes when I was coming back a couple of times, because you're sitting there and you thought about that moment so many times -- how it would feel and what it would look like -- and this is way bigger than I had anticipated."

Baumgartner is truly a space pioneer, but he did fall short of setting one record: the longest free fall in history.

That title belongs to Colonel Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 102,000 ft. in 1960.

Kittinger was an adviser on Baumgartner project.

So what's next for Baumgartner?

He has said that he might try for a career as a helicopter rescue pilot.

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