Among his many accomplishments, Tony Hawk is probably best known for landing the first 900 during an official competition at the X-Games. But watching him attempt countless skateboard tricks while floating in zero gravity in a vomit comet is yet another reason to be impressed with his skills. Especially since he…
Sometimes you just need to cut loose—from the Earth’s gravity. Want to feel what it’s like to be free from gravity, but can’t get yourself to the ISS? You’ve got some options.
Being in zero gravity has to be a never ending amount of fun. Everything that you boringly do in your normal life, all the things you don’t bother to look twice at—they all become instantly more interesting because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Just check this spinning T-handle in zero gravity, it spins one…
The best thing about being in zero gravity (aside from being in zero gravity, of course) has to be how liquids become amorphous blobs that can just float around. Here’s a collection of awesome experiments that NASA has conducted of water in zero gravity. They’re amazing!
How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA's Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test…
Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can’t prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly.
On Earth, a properly thrown boomerang will return to the person who threw it. Is the same true aboard the International Space Station?
Zero gravity is all fine and well — but not being able to grab a cup of joe in the morning would be a huge dealbreaker for many prospective astronauts. Thankfully, NASA has a solution to the problem.
Burritos are already the food that comes in a delicious wrapper, but there's nothing quite as delightful as a zero-gravity burrito spinning around as you assemble it. In this scene from 2010's Hubble 3D, an astronaut prepares for his spacewalk with a light, floating snack.
Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character…
What would it be like if we brought pigeons into outer space? Well, you'd have a lot of crazed and confused pigeons, that's what. How come more of our space budget can't go towards projects like these?
Not all NASA gigs involve rockets and spacesuits. Zero-G motion sickness is a common problem for astronauts, and someone has to test the bags o' biliousness. Meet those intrepid scientists who make NASA's fake vomit.
Why does your home stereo system sound like shit? Because it's not floating on magnets, of course. With the Zero Gravity shelf, your stereo gains powers of levitation that would be better applied to just about anything else.
It's not hard to spend $16,000 (or much, much more) on a wedding. So you might as well get a zero gravity flight out of the deal.
This exclusive extra off the last of four Futurama movies shows Matt Groening and David X. Cohen bouncing around in simulated zero-G like a meatspace Bender and Fry.
Today a 727 "Vomit Comet" lifted off from Las Vegas in order to film a scene of a woman dancing in zero gravity for an upcoming science fiction film called Stardance. Filmmaker Jeanne Robinson (choreographer and wife of scifi writer Spider Robinson) won the trip after showing this astonishingly bad preview video at…
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency is sponsoring a Space Couture Design Contest and as part of the publicity, the chairperson of the jury designed a wedding dress meant to look good on Earth (left, in photo) and in zero gravity (right, in photo).