Science & Environment

Dancing with gravity

Each year, 50,000 people in this country step out of aircraft into thin air, trusting their lives to a few square metres of nylon. Many are first-timers, making their jump in the embrace of a tandem master, who operates a single chute which supports both jumpers. With the introduction of tandem parachuting and other new techniques, it has become easier than ever to leap into the void—and land to tell the tale.


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