A NEW WAY TO GET TO SPACE

YOU DON’T NEED A ROCKET TO LEAVE EARTH. THERE’S A SLOWER, GENTLER TRIP IN THE WORKS—AND IT COMES WITH A COCKTAIL. When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist from Google—outfitted in a 260-pound pressurized space suit—dangled solo from a polyethylene balloon as thin as a

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