Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

Google celebrates the first parachute jump!

The world's first parachute descent is celebrated in today's Google doodle.

The doodle is based on Andre-Jacque Garnerin’s daring leap on October 22 1797 at Parc Monceau in Paris, which saw the then 28-year-old leap from a balloon using a seven-metre silk parachute that had more resemblance to an umbrella than the high-tech equipment used today.

He plunged to earth from a height of 3,000 feet and escaped uninjured.

Following the jump, he was granted the title Official Aeronaut of France and he went on to become a well-known international figure.

Garnerin died in Paris at the age of 54 on August 18, 1823 while working on a new balloon.

He met his death when he was struck by a falling beam on the construction site where the balloon was being built.

Channels: Outdoor

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