Looks like Red Bull's wings aren't very good at keeping people ahead of the competition.
— NYT Science (@nytimesscience) October 24, 2014
Today, Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president at Google, broke Felix Baumgartner's much-heralded world altitude breaking record. He went up into the stratosphere in a helium balloon and jumped out at around 135,908 feet (Baumgartner went up a paltry 127,852 feet). It took him 15 minutes to reach the ground, and on the way he smashed Baumgartner's record as he zipped to the earth at 800 miles an hour.