Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Zero Gravity 360° + Weightless Water Experiments

Go on a zero gravity parabolic flight, also known as the ‘vomit comet’, in this 360º video from The Royal Institution. Drag the video in any direction using any modern browser or the YouTube mobile app… and, of course, see if you can spot Yoda. The European Space Agency explains a bit more about flying in a reduced gravity aircraft:

A refitted aircraft flies up and down at 45º angles – at the top of the curve the passengers and experiments experience around 20 seconds of microgravity. Before and after the weightless period increased gravity up to 2g is part of the ride.

Parabolic flights are useful for short-duration scientific and technological investigations in reduced gravity. These flights are the only way to test microgravity with humans without going through lengthy astronaut-training and flights to the International Space Station. For this reason, parabolic flights are often used to validate space instruments and train astronauts before spaceflight.

Plus, Dr. Kevin Fong explores how water behaves in microgravity as Ri Christmas Lectures assistant Jon Farrow explains:

These videos are two features in Ri’s A Place Called Space.

Watch this next: 2,000 ping pong balls and 30 middle-school teachers in Zero G.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

An ‘Awesome’ 360° View At America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Rion Nakaya

A world record 217-way 3 points skydive over Arizona in 360°

Rion Nakaya

Making The Impossible Possible in VR | How She Works

Rion Nakaya

Explore the Polar Bear Capital of the World

Rion Nakaya

Wringing out Water on the ISS and ‘Space Oddity’

Rion Nakaya

2,000 ping pong balls and 30 middle-school teachers in Zero G

Rion Nakaya

The Great Pyramid of Giza was bright white & highly polished

Rion Nakaya

Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

Rion Nakaya

How do roller coasters affect your body?

Rion Nakaya