Google’s latest doodle is a tribute to the first recorded parachute jump made by French aeronaut André-Jacques Garnerin on October 22, 1797. The interactive doodle starts with Garnerin rising high into the sky in a hot air balloon and jumping off it with a parachute. One can then use the keyboard’s arrow keys or tilt the smartphone to control the Frenchman’s descent.
Garnerin was born on January 31, 1769 in Paris and went on to study physics. He would serve as an inspector in the French army and made his first successful parachute jump in 1797. Garnerin used a hot air balloon to go up and jump out from a height of 3,200 feet. His parachute was a frameless design and made of silk. Though his landing was anything but smooth, he survived and five years later he would better his record by jumping from a height of 8,000 feet. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
André-Jacques Garnerin died in a construction accident when he was hit by a beam while making a balloon in Paris on August 18, 1823. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report