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The Google Doodle for today, October 22, 2013 celebrates the 216th anniversary of the first successful and public parachute jump. Andre-Jacques Garnerin was the pioneering Frenchman behind that feat jumping some 3,200 feet from a hot air balloon, a stunt born out of a career supporting military uses of the balloon. The “choose your own direction” animation uses another vintage 20th century illustration style to show Garnerin launching from the streets of Paris and floating past clouds, birds, buildings, and many other scenes and creatures, including a fairly adorable whale. (See it and learn more about Garnerin.)

This is also the 1st anniversary of the furthest skydive ever taken. On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner also took a balloon, this time one filled with helium, and rose to the nearly Sandra-Bullock-and-George-Clooney-like height of 24.2 miles, and jumped. On the way down he became the first human being to travel at the speed of sound without a vehicle, and then opened his parachute, just like Garnerin had done two centuries earlier, and landed safely back on Earth. This year he became National Geographic’s 2013 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

Attending and assisting Baumgartner’s training and performance was retired Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 102,800 feet fifty years earlier. While countless things have changed since Garnerin’s inaugural jump, important things have stayed the same: while industry and military use push technical capabilities to new limits, those same innovations become springboards for adventurous souls endlessly driven by the simple spirit of pushing human experience to dizzying new levels.

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria seen during the first manned flight for the Red Bull Stratos mission in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on March 15 2012. (Photograph by Red Bull Content Pool)

As Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for a free fall jump from higher than 120,000 feet in space—becoming the first person to free fall while breaking the sound barrier—the National Geographic Channel and BBC detailed every second with more than 20 cameras. The footage was combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes access following Baumgartner’s four-year metamorphosis from an elite BASE jumper to an extreme altitude specialist who can think and act like an astronaut for the National Geographic Channel presentation “Space Dive.” (Photograph courtesy Jay Nemeth, Red Bull Content Pool)

Learn more about Andre-Jacques Garnerin and his jump: When Was the First Parachute Jump?

See more photos learn more about Felix Baumgartner: National Geographic’s 2013 Adventurers of the Year

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Nice description

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FELIX IS SICK!!!!

Jordan Right Behind You October 22, 12:48 pm

Whats odd is it is not the first aniversary of the red bull stratos, to me, October 14 and 22 are two different days

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Nice post.

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Salute for the Great man and 1 minute silence prayer for him.

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Home News Technology & Science Technology Google doodles Your Account Edit Profile Logout By Chris Richards Comments When was the first parachute jump? Google celebrates historic leap with doodle 22 Oct 2013 07:29

The moving illustration pays homage to the Frenchman's daring leap from a balloon at 3,000 feet

 

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

The moving illustration pays homage to Andre-Jacques Garnerin's feat, accomplished from a balloon over Paris's Parc Monceau on October 22, 1797.

At the time of his daring leap, Garnerin was 28-years-old, while his seven-metre silk parachute bore 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.

Since his pioneering jump, parachuting has been used in wars, ejector seats, fundraising and thrill-seekers.

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A  new interactive Google Doodle recreates the first parachute descent from 3,200 feet, which took place in Paris 216 years ago today. Google users can employ the left and right arrows on their keyboards to guide a top hat-wearing cartoon of French balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin (1769-1823) through the sky. Don’t worry about messing up in the game or killing the character, because he survived the real feat on October 22, 1797, after attaching a parachute to a hydrogen balloon. He landed in the city’s Parc Monceau “with a bump, mounted a horse, and galloped back to where the crowd waited to hail him as the world’s bravest man,” per a Jun. 8, 1930, New York Times account of the moment.

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The origins of the parachute may trace back to Chinese acrobats, who are believed to have used a similar concept to help break their falls. Leonardo DaVinci sketched a “pyramid-shaped, wooden-framed” design around 1495, and another French aeronaut, Louis-Sebastien Lenormand, is believed to have created one out of “two umbrellas and jumped from a tree” around 1783.

Garnerin, however, is considered the first man to parachute consistently from such high altitudes. The enthusiasm ran in his family, as his wife Jeanne-Genevieve became the first female parachutist in 1799. The Frenchman, who thought seriously about aerial escapes while being held in a Hungarian prison during the French Revolution, went on to complete more of them as part of exhibitions throughout Europe. He completed one from 8,000 feet in London on Sept. 21, 1802, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing, as the New York Times put it:

He ascended in a balloon to an altitude of more than a mile and jumped with nothing more than a silk canopy…[H]is canopy had a tendency to swing so violently from side to side that he often had a bad case of motion sickness by the time he reached the ground.

Garnerin died on Aug. 18, 1823, after a wooden beam fell on his head as he was constructing a parachute before a balloon launch.

Perhaps you can think of the aeronaut as one of the many people who paved the way for the last skydive to make international headlines: Felix Baumgartner, anyone?

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Google Google's Oct. 22 Doodle celebrates the first parachute jump, 216 years ago.

Back on Oct. 22, 1797, a Frenchman called Andrew Garnerin became the first person known to jump with a parachute. Wouldn't he be proud to know his legacy is memorialized, 216 years later, by a keyboard-powered interactive Doodle from the world's largest search engine?

OK, there are about 15 words in there that Garnerin wouldn't even be able to comprehend, but why fight it? The two-key game is beautiful, if not quite as addictive as that darn piñata.

And about old Garnerin, here's a helpful article that tells you all you need to know: His first drop was from 3,000 feet, after he was brought aloft by hot-air balloon; he may have vomited all over the crowd below; his record jump height was around 8,000 feet; and he never once plummeted to his death, though his daredevil hobby did bring about his untimely demise — he was killed in a workshop mishap. There, feel smarter now?

Wilson Rothman is the Technology & Science editor at NBC News Digital. Catch up with him on Twitter at @wjrothman, and join our conversation on Facebook.

This article was updated at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday to reflect that it was a hot-air balloon that brought Garnerin up, not a hydrogen balloon. Thanks for the fact-checking (and history lesson), @fracmeister!

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In a thrilling tumble toward Earth, on this day in history a French daredevil pioneered the parachute jump and revolutionized air travel forever.

By Karis Hustad / October 22, 2013

The first "Official Aeronaut of France" Andre-Jacques Garnerin is immortalized in today's whimsical Google Doodle.

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On Oct. 22, 1797, French balloonist Andrew-Jacques Garnerin hovered 3,000 feet above Paris’s Parc Monceau and prepared to cut the rope that tied him to the hot air balloon and kept him in the sky.

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“I was on the point of cutting the cord that suspended me between heaven and earth and measured with my eye the vast space that separated me from the rest of the human race,” he said about the moment later.

Then he cut loose and descended to the Parisian crowds below in the first high-altitude parachute jump in human history, recreated today by an interactive Google Doodle.

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The 28-year-old daredevil had experimented with balloons and parachutes before, but this was his first jump from such a height. His silk parachute would likely more resemble modern-day umbrellas, rather than the high-tech parachutes that accompany skydivers today.

The ride wasn’t pleasant – Mr. Garnerin reportedly vomited due to the winds that sent his parachute topsy-turvy, spinning to the ground below. But amazingly, he tumbled to Earth without a scratch. The crowds that gathered to watch his fall went wild, and the parachute jump was born.

After the jump, France bestowed him the enviable title “Official Aeronaut of France” and he continued to work in air travel for the rest of his life. Garnerin married Jeanne Genevieve Labrosse, who was the first female parachutist, and the couple traveled around the world working on balloon and parachute innovations.

Garnerin died at age 54 in pursuit of what he loved. At the construction site of a new balloon he was working on, a beam fell on him and he was killed instantly.

Today a balloon-decorated plaque sits in the spot where the famous parachutist landed several centuries before in the Parc Monceau, and there is a nearby allée (a French promenade) named after him. His pioneering jump has also evolved over history from a rickety, fingers-crossed freefall to the 400 skydivers who parachuted in Thailand in April, breaking the world record for largest free-fall formation. 

Google is paying homage today with a whimsical, pastel doodle that allows users to guide Garnerin’s famous flight safely to the ground below. Though considering his feat, he likely won’t need much help.

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It's hard to associate parachutes with anything but people skydiving from airplanes. But the first modern parachute was actually invented over a century before the Wright brothers conducted their first successful flight.

Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to the 216th anniversary of André-Jacques Garnerin's (and history's) first parachute jump, though calling it a jump may be a bit of a stretch.

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Garnerin actually had the parachute fully opened when he floated upwards in a hot air balloon. It wasn't attached to his chest, but instead attached to the balloon's basket. Garnerin only needed to detach the hot air balloon to let the parachute ferry him back down to the ground, as seen in an illustration depicting the event.

Today's Google Doodle lets users take on the role of Garnerin himself. The parachute pilot angles his basket to catch the wind and ride it down. Google created a minimalist version of turn-of-the-19th century France, complete with men in top hats and women in large dresses that dwarf their legs.

While the Google Doodle won't let you crash Garnerin, he can land in a variety of different spots. He can rejoin his crowd of adoring fans from his original launch site, play with tropical birds by landing on a treetop, or hang out with penguins and whales in the Arctic ocean. No matter where he lands, he'll still tip his hat to celebrate the occasion.

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Google has created a ‘doodle’ to celebrate the 216th anniversary of the world’s first parachute jump.

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 resembled an umbrella.

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Once Garnerin’s balloon reached a height of approximately 3,000 feet, the Parisian daredevil severed the rope that attached it to his basket, automatically opening the parachute.

This left Garnerin plummeting towards the earth still inside the container, with just the attached silk parachute in place to decrease the speed of its fall.

Although the basket lurched violently during the descent and suffered a violent landing, Garnerin somehow emerged totally uninjured.

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

He and his wife Jeanne Genevieve Labrosse – herself a celebrated balloonist and the first ever female parachutist – took part in a tour of England in the early 1800s, taking part in several balloon flights while doing so.

Andre-Jacque Garnerin died in Paris at the age of 54 on August 18, 1823 while working on a new balloon. While crossing the construction site on which the balloon was being built, Garnerin was struck by a falling beam, killing him instantly.

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Parachutist Andre-Jacques Garnerin rose with the aid of a hot-air balloon, which he then released, allowing his parachute to open and lower him safely to the ground. (Library of Congress)

By Amy Hubbard

October 22, 2013, 8:17 a.m.

When was the first parachute jump? Google poses the question with a doodle that spotlights French parachutist Andre-Jacques Garnerin. On Oct. 22, 1797 -- 216 years ago today -- in a Paris exhibition, Garnerin rose to a height of 3,200 feet, then made a dizzying descent to Earth by parachute and took his bows.

Others had parachuted before Garnerin, but he's credited as the first to jump using a parachute without a rigid frame. In the aeronaut's jumps, he used a white canvas umbrella-shaped parachute, 23 feet across.

The 1797 jump was rough, though. He lifted off in a craft that incorporated his parachute. On top was a hot-air balloon. At 3,200 feet, he cut off the balloon, his parachute opened and he made a rather wild descent to the ground. It is said that French astronomer Jerome Lalande saw this nausea-inducing fall and suggested creating a vent in the parachute. It helped.

Garnerin performed his stunts across Northern Europe and in 1802 jumped from 8,000 feet during an exhibition in England.

Others before Garnerin had dreamed of throwing themselves from great heights and floating safely to the ground. The idea came to Leonardo da Vinci hundreds of years before Garnerin ever made his historic descent. Leonardo described a "tent of linen" with which a person would "be able to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury."

In 1783, gutsy inventor Louis-Sebastian Lourmand made the first-ever recorded successful parachute jump with a rigid-frame cloth parachute 14 feet in diameter. He didn't jump from a hot-air balloon, though. He jumped out of a tree. Still.

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Comments 2   Comments (2) Add / View comments | Discussion FAQ Benjamin Blue at 2:38 PM October 22, 2013

The first parachute descent was in 1617 by Croatian inventor Faust Vrancic in Venice. 
Modern skydiving started with Andre-Jacques Gernerin in 1797.

POR1234 at 1:05 PM October 22, 2013

The French seem always to be in the forefront of advances in parachuting.

In WWII bombing runs were typically made from altitudes of 25,000 ft., and aircrew who were shot down had to open their parachutes immediately after exiting their disabled aircraft.

It would've been better to have been able to freefall down to 500 ft, which was combat jump altitude for the paratroopers, and then deploy parachutes, but nobody knew how to free-fall for such long destances.

After the war the French developed the basic body position for free-fall parachuting, and drop zones sprang up through-out France for sport parachuting.

Thus was born the sport of sky-Diving.

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