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That’s one giant leap!
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, set a new world record today by completing the highest-altitude free fall yet–parachuting from 135,908 feet (or 25 miles) above Earth.
The record was previously held by daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who leaped from 24 miles above Earth in October 2012.
To put that in perspective, scientists say you officially enter space at 73 miles above Earth’s surface. That’s pretty high up–and Eustace was about a third of the way there.
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Eustace gets lifted to his peak altitude of 135,908 feet via a high-altitude ballooning system.
Eustace reaches a peak speed of 822 miles per hour during his dive.
Eustace lands after a 4 1/2-minute free fall, the AP reported.
“It was amazing,” Eustace told The New York Times. “It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”
A high-altitude, helium-filled balloon from Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team lifted Eustace to his peak altitude, according to a written statement from the company. Eustace wore a self-contained spacesuit as he cut himself loose —> Read More Here
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The mysterious methane ice cloud high in Titan’s atmosphere: Researchers baffled by find on Saturn’s moon
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