Have you ever thougth about the first parachute jump? Google did. Today (Oct. 22nd, 2013) is the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump (Oct. 22, 1797). Google honors the inventor of the parachute – André-Jacques Garnerin – with an interactive doodle on the homepage. You can navigate the parachute by using the left an right key. By this the jumper changes the direction – and you land on very different place. The balloonist was born on Jan. 31, 1769. Garnerin was appointed „Official Aeronaut of France“. Garnerin began experiments with early parachutes based on umbrella-shaped devices. The first flight with a silk parachute on October 22, 1797 at Parc Monceau, Paris.
Here the doodle as a video (youtube):
Amzing, isn’t it? What do you think?
André-Jacques Garnerin died on 18 August 1823.