So this Alan Eustace holds a dare-devil world record: in 2014 at age 57, he performedthe highest human free-fall ever. So at that time Eustace was a chief Google engineer and a pilot, plunged 25 miles from the stratosphere down to Earth. From that height in the area between the Earth and space you can actually see the curvature of the planet.😲😨😱!!
Wearing just a space-suit and a helmet during this thrill seeking plunge though he deployed a life-saving parachute for the final 10,000 feet.
“I kind of liked the idea of an old, ancient engineer setting a world record for skydiving,” he told Business Insider. The fall was 1.5 miles longer than the one Austrian base jumper and skydiver Felix Baumgartner completed in 2012. Eustace was not as speedy as Baumgartner, though his maximum speed was about 820 mph, whereas Baumgartner reached 833 mph. “To me, daredevils are people that try to do crazy things where there’s a lot of variables that are unknown and the chances of being injured or killed are really high,” he said.( ya though, a life without risk is a waste of life). Eustace started his career
working for computer giants like HP and Compaq, then joined Google when the company was just four years old. He ascended to senior vice president of Google’s “knowledge” department before retiring at age 58.
Eustace jumped from a height that airplanes can’t reach the air in the stratosphere is too thin to hold them aloft. But he didn’t want to travel up to the stratosphere in a typical air balloon, or ride inside an oxygenated, pressurized pod like the one Baumgartner used. Instead, Eustace decided to rise to his jumping altitude by attaching himself to a gas-powered balloon larger than a football field,( did you hear that, larger than a football field😱😨) which climbed upwards over two hours as he dangled below.