The crazy (and dangerous) history of the parachute
From the very first inventions to the daring sport of skydiving
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Growing up in the modern world, we tend to take things for granted, like safety measures, sports, and general principles of physics. But these things were actually hard-won triumphs of human invention.
It can be almost unfathomable to many people to jump off a tall tower or from a helium balloon using a cloth we ourselves attached to a wooden frame, but many people made dangerous choices in the past so we could be safe today. And more than just safe, but also expansive in our ideas of what is humanly possible.
With all this said, click through to learn more about the impressive history of the parachute.
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