"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records any more...the only thing you want is to come back alive," Felix Baumgartner told a press conference.
Asked what he said when he was about to jump, he repeated: "I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see.
"And sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are."
Felix Baumgartner said he "really thought [he] was in trouble" whilst he was tumbling during freefall:
"There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable." Felix Baumgartner
Watch his live press conference here.
Watch the dive here.
Felix Baumgartner said that standing on the step, waiting to jump, he thought: "Please God, don't let me down."
Speaking to press, project officials revealed preliminary data which they believe broke the following records:
- An exit altitude of 128,100 feet breaks the record for the highest jump by a human.
- 373 meters per second, 1342.8 kmph or 833.9 mph (mach 1.24) is the highest vertical velocity achieved by a freefalling human.
The speed of sound is about 768 mph.
Click 'play' to watch skydiver Felix Baumgartner speak to media for the first time since his record-breaking jump.
As Felix Baumgartner rose in his balloon, so did the number of viewers watching on YouTube. Nearly 7.3 million watched as he sat on the edge of the capsule moments before jumping.
The figure is a record for live video on the site.
After he landed, Red Bull posted a picture of the skydiver on his knees on the ground to Facebook, generating nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.
And as Baumgartner reached his target height, the project's official Twitter account tweeted a message that has been retweeted over 5,000 times:
Felix Baumgartner's body pierced the atmosphere at speeds topping 700 miles per hour, appearing to achieve another of his goals: to become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, according to the project website.
Baumgartner also broke records for the highest altitude manned balloon flight and the highest altitude skydive before landing safely on the ground and raising his arms in a victory salute about 10 minutes after he stepped into the air.
Felix Baumgartner at 24.2 miles high:
Felix Baumgartner one second after jumping from a platform slightly smaller than a skateboard:
Four minutes and 22 seconds later, world record-breaking Felix Baumgartner back on Earth: