Alan Eustace in a space suit before he is lifted by a helium balloon
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Scientist smashes space jump record

25 October 2014 Last updated at 09:19 BST

A computer scientist in the US has smashed the world altitude record for a free-fall parachute jump.

Alan Eustace was carried by a helium balloon to more than 26 miles above the Earth.

Then he leapt out in a specially designed space suit.

He passed the speed of sound on his way down, hitting a top speed of 830 miles an hour.

The previous record was set two years ago by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.