Google Doodle Oct. 20, 2013 André-Jacques Garnerin, the first parachute jump
A new and fun doodle from Google on [22 October 2013]
André-Jacques Garnerin and doodle: Google has posted an interactive doodle on its home page to commemorate the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump! on Oct. 20, 2013.
André-Jacques Garnerin, The first parachute jump was from a height of 3,200 feet (1,000 metres) and five years later Garnerin bettered it with a jump from 8,000 feet (2,440 metres)
André-Jacques Garnerin died on August 18, 1823. Users can control the direction of Garnerin’s parachute in the doodle using the left and the right arrow keys on the keyboard or by tilting to the right or left on a smartphone.
On October 22, 1797 French aeronaut André-Jacques Garnerin became the first person to make a parachute jump. André-Jacques Garnerin’s first parachute jump was carried out using a silk parachute.
Garnerin born on January 31, 1769 studied physics and became an inspector in the French army in 1793. He followed his first parachuting in 1797 in Paris with many other exhibitions.
André-Jacques Garnerin and Parachuting: Garnerin began experiments with early parachutes based on umbrella-shaped devices and carried out the first parachute descent (in the gondola) with a silk parachute on 22 October 1797 at Parc Monceau, Paris (1st Brumaire, Year VI of the Republican calendar). Garnerin’s first parachute resembled a closed umbrella before he ascended, with a pole running down its center and a rope running through a tube in the pole, which connected it to the balloon. Garnerin rode in a basket attached to the bottom of the parachute; at a height of approximately 3,000 feet (900 m) he severed the rope that connected his parachute to the balloon. The balloon continued skyward while Garnerin, with his basket and parachute, fell. The basket swung violently during descent, then bumped and scraped when it landed, but Garnerin emerged uninjured. The white canvas parachute was umbrella-shaped and approximately 23 feet (7 m) in diameter. [wikipedia, André-Jacques Garnerin]