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New footage taken from cameras attached to Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s body has been released to internet and shows the moment daredevil loses control.

National Geographic and the BBC documented Felix Baumgartner’s 24 mile plunge to Earth using more than 20 cameras.

The previously unseen footage is being crafted into a documentary about the 43-year-old stuntman, titled Space Dive, which is set to air on November 11.

But National Geographic has given a taste of the spectacular 4-minute, 22-second free fall captured by two suit-mounted cameras, in the program’s promotional clip.

The two-minute video captures the moment Felix Baumgartner steps off his space capsule and when he begins spinning dangerously out-of-control during the jump.

In the breathtaking footage, viewers can also see the curvature of the Earth as the skydiver spirals towards the ground.

Finally, Felix Baumgartner releases his parachute and the camera catches the look of relief on his face as he hovers to safety.

The full-length documentary will also include behind-the-scenes footage exploring Felix Baumgartner’s four-year metamorphosis from an elite BASE jumper to an extreme altitude specialist.

Despite his new status as a post-modern space trailblazer, the 43-year-old daredevil had publicly come out against NASA’s much praised Mars exploration project.

New footage taken from cameras attached to Felix Baumgartner's body shows the moment daredevil loses control

New footage taken from cameras attached to Felix Baumgartner’s body shows the moment daredevil loses control

“A lot of guys they are talking about landing on Mars,” Felix Baumgartner said in an interview with The Telegraph.


“Because [they say] it is so important to land on Mars because we would learn a lot more about our planet here, our Earth, by going to Mars which actually makes no sense to me because we know a lot about Earth and we still treat our planet, which is very fragile, in a really bad way.

“So I think we should perhaps spend all the money [which is] going to Mars to learn about Earth. I mean, you cannot send people there because it is just too far away. That little knowledge we get from Mars I don’t think it does make sense.”

Felix Baumgartner also offered some harsh for Sir Richard Branson, the founder and CEO of Virgin Galatic, who hinted that his company could attempt to break the Austrian’s record with a jump from 400,000 feet.

“It sounds like kind of a joke because it looks like he wants to use our positive momentum and gain publicity on his side and that is kind of lame,” Felix Baumgartner said, adding that the idea of someone leaping from 400,000 feet was “completely insane”.

Felix Baumgartner became the first human to break the speed of sound during the jump, reaching a total speed of 833.9 mph.

He also set records for the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump and the fastest speed achieved by a human through the atmosphere.

“Felix is an explorer in the truest sense of the word, and National Geographic Channel was honored to be a part of this mission,” said the station’s Michael Cascio.

“And while the project itself is obviously groundbreaking, our exclusive inside access adds unique insight and perspective into this four-year journey, and is sure to thrill our viewers.”

Felix Baumgartner’s gravity-defying leap into history, which was watched by seven million people around the world, has made him a household name, but the 43-year-old said he has not gotten used to his newfound fame.

“It’s kind of scary, it’s kind of cool if you think about it,” he said.

“I have no privacy anymore. People waiting outside at four in the morning; it’s unbelievable.”

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Previously unseen footage of The Beatles sharing fish and chips while filming their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour has been posted online.

Arts website The Space is hosting the footage, discovered during the making of a new documentary about the film.

The documentary shows The Beatles taking a break from the Magical Mystery Tour coach at a fish bar in Taunton, Somerset.

The film was first broadcast by the BBC on Boxing Day 1967.

Previously unseen footage of The Beatles sharing fish and chips while filming their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour

Previously unseen footage of The Beatles sharing fish and chips while filming their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour

It was not a hit, confusing the festive audience, and was savaged by critics in reviews that branded it “rubbish”.

The film will be shown on 6 October on BBC Two for the first time in more than 33 years.

It will follow a new documentary, Arena: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, looking at the film’s “artistic merit and cultural significance”.

Arena has placed the previously unseen footage, which it said was reclaimed from the “cutting room floor”, into a new short film made in association with The Beatles’ record label Apple.

Featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, it was shot en route to Newquay, Cornwall, the final destination of the Magical Mystery Tour.

The video is available to watch online on The Space, the arts website developed by the Arts Council and the BBC.

It is part of a spin-off project from award-winning documentary series Arena, called The Arena Hotel.

The project will see the show open up its archive of 600 films to audiences in a “virtual hotel” environment.

“Few people have seen Magical Mystery Tour in its entirety and the material in the chip shop has never been shown anywhere,” explained Arena editor Anthony Wall.

“It captures perfectly the fabulous world of The Beatles at this time.

“They’re happily rubbing shoulders and sharing a simple meal with the other passengers on the coach, and at the same time creating an extraordinarily avant garde film, which of course would soon be broadcast by the BBC to a dumbstruck nation.”

This week marks 50 years since The Beatles had their first hit record with their single Love Me Do.

Released on 5 October 1962, it went to number 17 in the charts.

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