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Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Friday, November 17, 2017

Here are all our favourite things in one photo, skydiving, glaciers, mountains, forest and blue sky. 

That little white parachute is called the drogue which is deployed shortly after leaving the plane in order to decrease the skydivers' terminal velocity. This helps parachute deployment, lengthens the duration of the skydive, and allows the skydivers to fall at the same speed as skydive photographers.

In the background you can see Franz Josef Glacier and New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook to the right of the drogue. The mountain range is the Southern Alps, the river is the Waiho and Fox Glacier is tucked away out of view down a valley to the right.