On October 14, 2012, a lot of people watched as Felix Baumgartner stepped out of a specially made capsule that had been lifted by a balloon to a height of 128,000 feet.

Well, that record has been smashed.

From Space.com:


Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, hit supersonic speeds as he fell from more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) above New Mexico, smashing the altitude record that Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner set two years ago with his famous Red Bull Stratos "space jump."


You read that right. "Supersonic speeds."


Wearing a custom-made pressurized spacesuit, Eustace was lifted into the air this morning by a high-altitude, helium-filled scientific balloon. After a trip that lasted 2 hours and 9 minutes, he cut himself loose at an unprecedented altitude of 135,890 feet (41,419 meters). He reached a speed of 822 mph (1,322 km/h). That sent Eustace through the sound barrier, and he reached Mach 1.23 at his fastest speed. Eustace's body set off a sonic boom that could be heard by the recovery team on the ground, said Grant Anderson, CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation.


Somehow, collecting 14 bags of leaves doesn't seem like such a productive weekend, huh?

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