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Google Executive Sets World Skydiving Record, Nearly 26 Miles (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, set a new skydiving world record at 25.7 miles on Friday.

Eustace was tethered to a balloon, which took off from an airport in Roswell, N.M., reports Reuters.

During his two-hour ascent, Eustace reached the staggering speed of 1,600 feet per minute.

The 57-year-old executive wore a specially-designed spacesuit.

He enjoyed the view between earth's atmosphere and space for about half an hour before using a small explosive device to break loose from the balloon.

Eustace carried GoPro cameras to record the amazing jump (video below). He fell as fast as 822 m.p.h., which set off a sonic boom.

“It was amazing,” Eustace told The New York Times. “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 was 135,890 feet above the earth, breaking the previous record by daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from 128,100 feet in 2012.

Eustace's record-breaking jump took about 15 minutes, but he didn't open his parachute until four-and-a-half minutes into his drop.

Eustace landed about 70 miles from where he started.

Sources: Reuters, The New York Times