“A senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump set in 2012 by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.

Mr Eustace was carried by a large helium balloon from New Mexico to over 40km (25 miles) above the earth.

The 57-year-old leapt out in a specially-designed space suit, reaching speeds of more than 1,300km/h.

He exceeded the speed of sound, setting off a small sonic boom, and broke three skydiving records in the process.”

I don’t know why but I am absolutely fascinated by these super high altitude sky dives. I wish there had of been more fanfare, like Baumgartner’s jump a few years ago. That way I could have been all excited during the build up!

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