The day Alan Eustace made a free-fall jump – level 3


On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace, a former Google executive, made history by completing a free-fall jump from the stratosphere.

Before the jump, which took place in New Mexico, Eustace had to go up 41,425 meters using a helium-filled balloon. Then he cut himself loose and started to fall back to earth.

His free fall lasted 4 minutes and 27 seconds with a maximum speed of 1,323 km/h.

Eustace’s jump was not without its challenges. He had to wear a special suit to protect him from the extreme conditions at high altitudes, and the jump itself required careful planning and coordination with a team of engineers and scientists. However, with careful preparation and a strong commitment to safety, Eustace was able to complete the jump successfully.

Difficult words: executive (a top manager), stratosphere (air from 10 to 50 km above the Earth), altitude (the height above the sea), commitment (hard work and loyalty for a project).

What were some of the safety measures and protocols Eustace and his team had to consider before, during, and after his record-breaking free-fall?


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