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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Photos of the Day: Another Space Jump Above New Mexico!

A screenshot showing Google executive Alan Eustace soaring more than 130,000 feet in the air above Roswell, New Mexico...on October 24, 2014.

On Friday, October 24, another daredevil broke an aerospace record when Google executive Alan Eustace cut loose from a helium-filled balloon and conducted a 25-mile-high, 15-minute-long skydive above Roswell, New Mexico. Under the veil of secrecy, Eustace broke the record held by Felix Baumgartner when the Austrian—with the help of Red Bull—performed a jump from 127,852 feet above the Roswell desert in 2012. Eustace made the leap from an altitude of 135,890 feet by comparison. Both feats are amazing... However, Eustace is reportedly a huge space enthusiast, whereas Baumgartner is not. Despite the fact that there is a much cooler video and pictures from the Red Bull Stratos jump (I even got to see the suit and capsule used by Baumgartner in person at the California Science Center last year), I have to give more props to Eustace. Well done.

Google executive Alan Eustace gets prepped for his 136,000-foot skydive above Roswell, New Mexico...on October 24, 2014.
Paragon Space Development Corporation / European Pressphoto Agency

A helium-filled balloon (out of frame) lifts Google executive Alan Eustace into the air for his 136,000-foot skydive above Roswell, New Mexico...on October 24, 2014.
J. Martin Harris Photography / Paragon Space Development Corporation

Google executive Alan Eustace is about to touch down on the ground after his 136,000-foot skydive above Roswell, New Mexico...on October 24, 2014.
Paragon Space Development Corporation

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