Google exec hits 822 mph in record-setting skydive from near space

October 25, 2014 8:12 AM

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Google executive Alan Eustace hurtled to the ground at up to 822 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier and setting several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

Eustace's supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore some 20 miles above the Earth's surface.

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