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Saturday, October 25, 2014

135,890-foot sky dive sets new world record

ROSWELL, N.M. –  Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.
Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore some 20 miles above the Earth's surface.

WOW...This came as a shock. Most thought the record of 128,100` set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012, would stand as long, if not longer, then the previous record had stood of 102,800` set 52 years earlier by Joe Kittinger in 1960. The NY Times has a great article 'here' with video of the event. The most amazing aspect was there was no capsule, Alan dangled under the balloon in a special space suit during the whole two plus hour ascent to altitude, like I said...WOW!