The parachute was invented by Andre-Jaques Garnerin of France who made the first descent over the Parc Monceau, Paris, on October 22, 1797 when he was released from a balloon at a height of 2,230 ft. He rode in a gondola. The parachute had a diameter of 23ft, was supported by a rigid pole, and had its 32 white canvas gores folded like a closed umbrella. Since there was no vent in the parachute, Garnerin came down with the most violent oscillations, earning the added distinction of becoming the first man ever to suffer from airsickness.
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