The day Alan Eustace made a free-fall jump – level 2


On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace, completed a free-fall jump from the stratosphere. The jump took place in New Mexico.

Before the jump, Eustace had to go up 41,425 meters. He used a helium-filled balloon which took him up. Then he started to fall back to earth.

His fall was 4 minutes and 27 seconds long. The maximum speed was 1,323 km/h.

Eustace’s jump was not without its challenges. He had to wear a special suit which protected him from the extreme conditions at such a height.

The jump itself had to be carefully planned. Eustace had a team of engineers and scientists. They prepared everything very well and the jump was a success.

Difficult words: stratosphere (air from 10 to 50 km above the Earth), challenge (something difficult which you want to handle).

What challenges did Eustace face when planning his free-fall jump?


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