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12 eye-popping photos of people defying gravity

From athletes to celebrities, these folks make us feel like jumping for joy.


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Actress Gina Rodriguez attends #KiplingMakeHappy at a college campus on April 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.Actress Gina Rodriguez attends #KiplingMakeHappy at a college campus on April 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images
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Michael Jordan – immortalized mid-flight in his iconic Air Jordan logo – has been known to spend more time off the ground than on it. But he's not the only one.

Whether it's in the sports world or in other arenas, our eyes are drawn to those moments caught when a person is not tethered by gravity to the ground below. It's why famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin enjoys scuba diving so much – because it reminds him of the 12 days he spent defying gravity, floating in outer space.

In the photo above, "Jane the Virgin" actress Gina Rodriguez expresses herself in a moment of joy at an event in Los Angeles. Below, we round up more of our favorite shots of people (and animals) frozen in mid-flight.

An Israeli boy jumps into the sea from the waterfront at the northern Israeli city of Acre.An Israeli boy jumps into the Mediterranean Sea from the waterfront at the northern Israeli city of Acre. (Photo: David Furst/AFP/Getty Images)

Actors Rebecca King-Crews (left) and Terry Crews attend the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Actors Rebecca King-Crews (left) and Terry Crews attend the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images)

A traditional Irish dancer leaps during a St Patrick's day parade in London, England.A traditional Irish dancer leaps during a St Patrick's day parade in London, England. (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Robert Smith of Great Britain riding Voila the horse competes in the Masters tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Jockey Robert Smith of Great Britain riding Voila the horse competes in the Masters tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Actor Harry Connick Jr. jumps for joy during the curtain call at opening night of Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of 'The Pajama Game' in 2006 in New York City.Actor Harry Connick Jr. jumps for joy during the curtain call at opening night of Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of 'The Pajama Game' in 2006 in New York City. (Photo: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

R&B artist Jason Derulo performs onstage at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. R&B artist Jason Derulo performs onstage at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

A snowboarder enjoys the slopes at a ski resort in northern Israel.A snowboarder enjoys the slopes at a ski resort in northern Israel. (Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

A man jumps over a bull during a 'recortadores' bullfight in Colombia. The recortadores bullfight is an ancient tradition in which men try to dodge the bull without a cape or sword.A man jumps over a bull during a 'recortadores' bullfight in Colombia. The recortadores bullfight is an ancient tradition in which men try to dodge the bull without a cape or sword. (Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenzo Shirai of Japan performs during the World Cup Gymnastics in Melbourne, Australia.Kenzo Shirai of Japan performs during the World Cup Gymnastics in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Henry Frayne of Australia competes in the Men's Long Jump Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.Henry Frayne of Australia competes in the Men's Long Jump Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Competitors in fancy dress jump off Worthing Pier in West Sussex, Southern England during the annual international birdman competition, a flight contest for human-powered flying machines held each summer. Competitors jump off Worthing Pier in West Sussex, Southern England during the annual international birdman competition, a flight contest for human-powered flying machines held each summer. (Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

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