Have you ever thought about what it would be like to jump out of an airplane? The Science Watch article entitled Adventures in Skydiving was written by people who have done exactly that! They used parachutes to slow their descent so that they could land safely.
parachute works by spreading out a large area of cloth that is
suspended above the person who is falling. The open parachute creates a
lot of friction with the air. This friction causes the person to fall
at a slower speed.
You can make a small parachute and see for yourself how this works. Here is one way.