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CLIP 1867

Balance in zero gravity

Balance in zero gravity
Key Info
  • Balance in zero gravity
  • Duration: 02:50
  • Footage of a scientist exploring his sense of balance on board the zero gravity 'vomit comet' training aeroplane for astronauts. The concept of the 'vomit comet' is explained, including its parabolic trajectory. The footage shows the presenter becoming 'weightless', and during repeated nose-dives he becomes more and more used to the experience despite his inner ear sense of balance being of little use.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Forces - Contact and Non-contact

  • Keywords: gravity, weightless, vomit comet, acceleration, aeroplane, space, force
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip could be used in a lesson on balance, or within physics lessons on weight, gravity or acceleration. At a high level, students could be challenged to discuss the meaning of the term 'weightless'.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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