Alan Eustace, a 57 year old computer scientist who works for the company Google, jumped out of the sky on October 24. He broke the record set two years ago for the highest-altitude free fall jump. He was carried up over 25 miles by a gigantic helium balloon from New Mexico, USA. It took him about two and a half hours to reach the altitude of 135,890 feet (25.7 miles or 41.4 km). He took some time to enjoy the view and then took a dive down which lasted about 15 minutes. On his way down, he reached a maximum velocity of about 822 m/h (1,322 km/h), which is faster than the speed of sound. You can watch a video of his jump and a video about helium balloons here.
Did you know?
Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule attached to a giant helium balloon from a height of about 24 miles (39 km) in 2012. Felix was the first person to break the speed of sound while free falling.
Image Credits: http://www.paragonsdc.com for Eustace and balloon image
Sources: http://www.paragonsdc.com/ , New York Times