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135,000 feet in 15 minutes: Google's Alan Eustace breaks Felix Baumgartner's record for the highest parachute jump in history

He fell faster than the speed of sound and broke Felix Baumgartner's world record for the highest parachute jump.

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Updated:October 26, 2014, 11:28 AM IST
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135,000 feet in 15 minutes: Google's Alan Eustace breaks Felix Baumgartner's record for the highest parachute jump in history
He fell faster than the speed of sound and broke Felix Baumgartner's world record for the highest parachute jump.

Google's Alan Eustace is 57 years old and a senior vice president of Knowledge at the search engine. He now has a world record in his name. The Googler fell faster than the speed of sound and broke Felix Baumgartner's world record for the highest parachute jump.

Eustace wore a specially designed spacesuit and was lifted by a helium balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of the gas. It took him 15 minutes to descend after using explosives to separate himself from the balloon. He fell on the earth at a speed that peaked slightly more than 800 miles per hour.

The Googler broke several records including the world record for free fall under a drogue chute, national record for vertical speed and national record for highest exit altitude. He also became the second person to break the sound barrier outside an aircraft. The jump preparations were kept secret until the day the record was broken.

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