In 2014, Google’s Alan Eustace strapped himself to a weather balloon, soared to a height of 135,000 feet … and then jumped — all for science. Read more about his experiment … and about 9 others who merrily pushed the boundaries in the name of their work.

Ocean exploration has been the Cousteau family business for three generations. In this fascinating Q&A, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau discusses everything from why we need underwater cities to what it’s like to beat your grandfather’s world record.