Two years ago, we watched in awe as daredevil Felix Baumgartner set a world record by jumping from a specially designed capsule from a height of 128,000 feet.

Then on Saturday, out of nowhere, we heard Baumgartner's record had been broken!

Alan Eustace, Google Inc. senior vice president of engineering and research, speaks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., announcing the July 2009 launch of Google Earth's Moon, an immersive three-dimensional atlas of the moon accessible within Google Earth. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

On his record jump, Baumgartner broke the sound barrier and then safely parachuted back to earth. We heard about it for months and we were pretty excited when it happened.

Google executive Alan Eustace had been working in secrecy over the last few years to do a jump similar to Baumgartner's, but with some very notable differences.

First, he was not enclosed in a capsule for the ascent. Second, he surpassed Baumgartner's height by about 8,000 feet.

Eustace was hanging from an apparatus attached to the balloon when he pulled the rip cord, reaching a speed of 822 miles per hour on his way down in New Mexico.

So far, the video we are seeing isn't as great as Baumgartner's jump, but we're assuming we'll see more.

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