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First parachute drops in to Google logo

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This screengrab shows Google's doodle honoring the first parachute drop. (Source: RNN) This screengrab shows Google's doodle honoring the first parachute drop. (Source: RNN)

(RNN) – The Google doodle recognized the anniversary of the first parachute drop Tuesday.

On Oct. 22, 1797, Andre-Jacques Garnerin ascended to a height of about 3,000 feet with the use of a balloon and then severed a rope that attached the balloon to his parachute.

The primitive contraption was more like a giant umbrella, and Garnerin was suspended in a basket beneath it. His drop was anything but smooth - the basket was unstable and spun wildly - but he was uninjured.

The drop took place in Paris' Parc Monceau, which is famous for appearing in several paintings by Claude Monet. Garnerin had staged previous ballooning exhibitions there, including a controversial one where he ascended with a woman.

Google's recreation of the event takes about 20 seconds, unless you speed up the drop by controlling his landing using the arrow keys.

The animated version of Garnerin can land in a park, on a sailboat, in the water or next to some penguins, among other places. He also busts clouds and encounters birds on his way down.

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