Celebrate the 216th Anniversary of the First Parachute Jump with Today’s Google Doodle

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Airborne all the way!

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 216th birthday of the first parachute jump. Go to Google.com right now (on October 22nd) and play the little game, guiding the parachute man to a safe landing with your right and left arrow keys.

The first jump with a parachute happened in October 1797, when Andrew Garnerin leapt from a hot air balloon with a non-rigid chute. Today, those non-rigid chutes are a critical part of modern technology, from landing Soyuz space capsules to bringing Fearless Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos jump safely to success.

Click the magnifying glass in the lower right after the game and you will get a search about the first parachute jump.

I was able to land my little guy with an elephant…in a zoo I believe. Comment below and tell us what you’ve seen on your own Google Doodle airborne adventure!

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.