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How Much Do You Know About Skydiving?

Find out with this skydiving challenge.
For an adventure junkie, skydiving is the ultimate dose of adrenaline rush. This extreme sport is a challenging way to convert fear into courage and finally into exhilaration.
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The first skydive was actually the first-ever parachute jump in the history. André-Jacques Garnerin who invented parachute tested his invention on 22 October 1797 in Paris by leaping off a hydrogen balloon.
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A tandem jump is usually preferred by beginners where two people can skydive while strapped together. It is considered as a safe procedure for first-timers.
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A typical altitude to skydive from an airplane is around 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).
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After leaping out of the plane, a skydiver is in free fall for 1 minute before he or she can open the parachute.
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The most stable position to use for a freefall is the 'Arch at hips' body flight position where the stomach faces the earth and the body is arched like a ‘U’ shape.
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The most important skydiving equipment needed is a parachute. These are carefully examined and packed before every jump. A smooth descent to the ground can only be possible with a well-maintained parachute.
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After the jump, a skydiver must deploy the parachute when he or she reaches an altitude of 2,500 feet.
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While you may have noticed that skydivers go up a bit after the parachute is deployed, it is not so in reality. The deployment of parachute delays the fall and slows down the velocity creating an illusion for onlookers.
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The real definition of a ‘drop zone’ is ‘the area in which troops, supplies, or equipment are to be air-dropped’. Today, skydiving hotspots around the world are called drop zones.
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Weather plays an important role in a pleasant skydiving experience. The ground should be clear and visible. The dive can feel stressful on windy days as wind speeds can affect the sky diving experience especially while deploying a parachute.
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Felix Baumgartner holds the record for the highest skydive in the world after he jumped from the stratosphere. He skydived from a height of 128,100 feet on 14 October 2012. On this day, he also broke the sound barrier.

 Sreedevi Nair

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Drahomír Posteby-Mach, Kamil Pietrzak, Jonathan Francis, Filipe Dos Santos Mendes, Quino Al, Mohammad Asadi, Akii Patel, Neora Aylon