A famous computer scientist at search giant Google made a world record after he made a parachuted jump from a balloon near the stratosphere level on Friday.
57-year-old Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, made the remarkable accomplishment after he fell faster than the speed of sound while mounting over a parachute and made a new world record breaking the one set just two years ago.
Eustace was lifted from an abandoned runway in a Roswell airport at dawn by a balloon that was filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium.
“It was amazing. It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before,” Eustace said while talking about his experience.
The balloon carrying the Google executive ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet a minute to an altitude of over 25 miles for more than two hours.
Eustace swung in the high altitude wearing a specially designed spacesuit having an elaborate life-support system.
He cut himself loose from the parachute with the help of a small explosive device after hanging at the altitude. He returned to the Earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. The scientist plummeted towards the planet at speeds peaking at 822 mph.
Before a small parachute righted him, Eustace performed two slow back flips.
His top altitude was initially recorded as 135,908 feet. However, the final figure submitted with the World Air Sports Federation is 135,890 feet.
The altitude record was previously set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. He had jumped from 128,100 feet on October 14, 2012.