‘14 Minutes from Earth,’ the epic space documentary from Atomic Entertainment about a family man’s unprecedented journey into space and free-fall jump from 135,00 feet above ground, will premiere on Netflix on February 1st. Following the three year mission of 57-year-old former Google SVP of Knowledge Alan Eustace to break the record for the highest and longest free-fall of all time, the documentary explores the scientific and physical challenges of traveling the stratosphere as well as the mental and emotional challenges of taking an enormous risk to realize a dream. Filmed in complete NDA-protected secret clearance in the Nevada desert, the documentary was a Tribeca Film Festival Premiere Selection.
When he set his sights on a supersonic descent in 2011, Eustace was known as an “engineer’s engineer,” husband, and father, but never a daredevil. Inspired by Google’s culture of a “healthy disregard for the impossible,” a constant craving for challenge, and a desire to explore the mysteries of the stratosphere (less known to us than either the ocean or outer space), he paired up with Paragon Space Development’s StratEx team to design the first new spacesuit in forty years, a design which began as a napkin drawing, and spent the next three years preparing for launch. Eventually “pre-breathing” (a ritual of pure oxygen intake necessary to prevent fatal nitrogen bubbles from forming in the blood) while listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” before slowly rising on a dangling balloon, then quickly (800 MPH) falling from space, Eustace broke the record previously set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012 on October 24th, 2014.
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