October 25, 2014 - On Friday, Google executive,
Alan Eustace, 57, sets world record for the
highest altitude free fall jump. Eustace had
separated from his balloon, at the earth's
stratosphere, the second major layer of Earth's
atmosphere at 135,908 feet just a little more
than 25 miles from the earths surface.
Eustace has now beats Red Bull's Felix
world record which was set back in October
2012, in which Baumgartner jumped record was
119,431 feet (24 miles) which was at that time
the most ambitious skydive jump ever attempted.
Eustace's stratosphere balloon was filled with
35,000 cubic feet of helium and at 7 AM (MDT) it
was launched from an abandoned runway in Roswell, New
Mexico. As the balloon
ascended from earth, Eustace dangled from a cord
(there was no basket). It took the balloon, two
hours to reach the earth's stratosphere,
climbing at 1,600 feet per minute.