Questions tagged [microgravity]

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Do astronauts develop the ability to regularly place an object at rest inside the ISS after extended periods in microgravity?

This image from the ESA prompted the question why the fruits at the bottom left were not floating. An online response claimed after an extended time on the ISS astronauts get used to placing ...
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What is the most massive object in the ISS whose position was altered by the circulating air?

In Leo S's comment to the question, Do astronauts develop the ability to regularly place an object at rest inside the ISS after extended periods in microgravity?, he said "forces due to circulation of ...
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Is there a self-rounding celestial body from which an Olympian could jump into space?

Is there a self-rounding object in our solar system whose mass is insufficient to prevent the highest jumping human from escaping its gravity?
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How big are the tidal accelerations within the ISS?

This question asks about placing an object at rest in the International Space Station. But the ISS is a large object, large enough that gravity will vary across it and cause tidal forces that can ...
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Can an astronaut stand at attention in the ISS?

Am I correct in assuming it is near impossible for astronauts to stand still inside the ISS, even if their feet are secured under a blue IVA rail? NASA astronauts Terry Virts' foot under a blue IVA ...
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How do people drink out of cups in Space?

How do people drink out of cups (an activity which heavily relies on the presence of gravity) in space? I know they could try to wait for the liquid to 'split up' and try to catch a chunk, but is ...
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Do astronauts on the ISS refer to themselves as standing?

When on the CEVIS,(Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation Stabilization) I'm assuming the astronauts would say they are sitting. When they secure their feet under a blue IVA rail do they say they ...
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Why did a shuttle astronaut have an open book during ascent?

In the top right of the video of a shuttle launch an astronaut has an open book resting on (attached to?) the left thigh. What was the purpose of this book? The astronaut then seems to take a pen or ...
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How does water respond in 0g?

I'm imagining a small orb magnetically suspended inside a sphere of any paryicular size floating in 0g. What would happen if you rotated the orb at a high/varied velocity? And what if you change the ...
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How will SpaceX's Starship accommodate its 100 passengers from the effects of micro-gravity?

According to this Wikipedia article, Starship will take on average 115 days (3.8 months) to get to Mars and 150 days maximum (4.9 months). with an average trip time to Mars of approximately 115 ...
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Do astronauts use their toes to grip with in zero gravity?

Feet and toes are not usually as dexterous as hands and fingers but they can grip and hold things. With training and practice they can be like third and fourth hands. Are there any astronauts who make ...
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Term used to identify the blue bars/rails in the ISS?

The interior of the ISS is filled with blue bars used by astronauts to secure their feet and remain in one place. Does NASA have a term for these?
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Aerosol products in space

I am assuming aerosol products are not used inside the living environment of a spacecraft while it is microgravity. Is that correct, or are there examples of such products being used while an ...
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What physiological effects did the Apollo astronauts experience due to the lower lunar gravity?

When humans are exposed to weightlessness they often experience space adaptation syndrome (similar to motion sickness). Also fluid redistribution to the upper body is nearly immediate causing bulging ...
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How is lower/no gravity simulated on a planet with gravity, without leaving the surface?

I have seen videos of simulated lower gravity (possibly for training astronauts). I am curious what methods/techniques can be used to simulate lower gravity like environments without leaving the ...
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What is the name of the animal vaccine created in space? (according to Robert Zubrin)

I'm reading "The Case for Space" and on pg 47 of the book, Zubrin mentions that some sort of animal vaccine was created thanks to research done in microgravity and in space. He goes on to say that ...
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Microgravity indicators

As mentioned in the YouTube clip below and in the image, in the Soyuz craft hangs small toys or dolls as microgravity indicators. Is this really the purpose of the dolls being hung? Are people not ...
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How do astronauts get eye drops into their eyes?

This answer mentions that some astronauts use eye drops to relieve irritation caused by dust and lint in the air. How do they do get the drops in their eyes in microgravity? When I put drops in my ...
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Does NASA no longer own a “Vomit Comet?”

This Wikipedia article seems to suggest that NASA no longer owns an aircraft capable of simulating weightlessness, and that such astronaut training is now contracted from a private company. Can this ...
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What are the biological effects of a toe-to-head force gradient upon a human over the long term?

This question pertains to the notion of constructing rotating spacecraft and habs for human use in space in order to mitigate the effects of microgravity. Such craft have been a staple of many sci-fi ...
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Healing of bruises and internal bleeding in 0g

I heard an unsourced claim about wounds, bruises and internal bleeding healing much worse in 0g conditions than in normal gravity. Is it true? And if so - could you provide a quantitative comparison, ...
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Have mechanical wrist watches been successfully used in space?

Has a mechanical wrist watch been successfully used in spaceflight? Have there been any problems using them that are related to the many unusual aspects of the spaceflight environment, perhaps ...
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Is there a term for the activity of weightless astronauts hanging out on walls or ceilings?

Weightless astronauts often sit, stand, walk, or sleep on (or near) surfaces that (with gravity) we would normally call walls or ceilings. I reference such a phenomenon in my comment here: I would ...
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How do astronauts maintain their neck muscles?

The human head weighs 5kg. This weight keeps the neck toned and strong. In zero gravity on extended missions how do astronauts maintain muscle and bone strength in their necks? What type of neck ...
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ISS location identification; estimate size and direction of astronaut acceleration puzzler

note: This question addresses the same video and phenomenon described in this answer (which I found after posting this) but here I'm asking for an analysis of the trajectories of the test masses (the ...
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What causes microgravity (i.e. non-zero gravity) in orbit?

NASA and others seem careful to talk about microgravity instead of zero gravity. Why is for example the ISS not in zero gravity? Is it because of movements onboard? Because of variations in center of ...
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Are magnetic boots in space practical?

I can't count how many science fictions stories I have read where someone is strapping on magnetic boots to walk in or on a space ship without gravity. How realistic of a solution is this? Just for ...
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Can centrifugal force actually overcome the health problems of microgravity?

Microgravity has a negative health effect which exercises cannot completely remedy. Rotation of spacecraft and the resulting centrifugal force have been suggested as a source of pseudo-gravity. But ...
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How soon can beginning of visual impairment due to intracranial pressure be observed?

The spaceflight-induced visual impairment was a serious problem for astronauts remaining for a long time in microgravity. In the early periods after discovery of the condition, the obvious symptoms - ...
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How do astronauts battle loss in blood volume in microgravity?

Past manned space missions teach us that the loss in gravity gradient has an adverse effect on the blood volume of astronauts. Our bodies are simply built to expect pressure gradient and in gravity, ...
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“Prolonged exposure to microgravity … makes facial hair flammable”?

TheWeek recently published an article titled "The Colonization of Space", which contained the following sentence (emphasis added): Prolonged exposure to microgravity weakens bones, atrophies ...
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Would pole dancing cure microgravity health issues?

It is often suggested that gravity should be simulated by rotating the entire habitat module of astronauts in microgravity. But wouldn't pole dancing be enough? The individual astronaut swinging ...
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Would I be able to do a “slosh test” to see if a container is having liquid, in microgravity?

Suppose I had two large containers with 1 cubic meter size. The containers are identical on the outside. The containers are floating in microgravity very close to my space ship. One was empty but ...
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Could an aircraft ever simulate Martian gravity perpendicular to the aircraft's floor?

Suppose I designed a complex, self-contained, robotic system to harvest and convert Martian atmospheric CO2 and ground H2O into rocket fuel (CH4 + O2) and after exhaustive computational fluid dynamic (...
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Could an Apollo astronaut stand up if they fell on the moon?

I was watching old Apollo footage and noted how astronauts on the moon had a very particular gait most likely due to the poor flexibility of the EVA suits, low gravity, and need for safety. I was ...
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Has the ISS done any experiments on animals gestation such as mice? I particularly would like to know about embryo development in microgravity

Has the ISS done any experiments on animals gestation such as mice? I particularly would like to know about embryo development in microgravity
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How will they mitigate the effect microgravity has in the BFR on manned trip to mars?

Very curious to know this, since it doesn't look like the BFR will utilize centrifugal force to emulate gravity as far as I know.
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How do astronauts turn in space?

A recent question back in Physics asks whether there is a way for an astronaut to rotate when in microgravity and without touching anything else, while still conserving angular momentum. One way to ...
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How was “Space Ram” (instant ramen noodles) prepared and eaten on the Space Shuttle?

The BBC Witness Podcast The Invention of Instant Noodles mentions that "Space Ram" (ramen noodles for space) was developed for eating on the Space Shuttle. After about ...
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Mining in microgravity: are there sound studies?

I was wondering whether there are any sound studies on mining in microgravity. For example, smelting iron (out of ore) in weightlessness has been described and (in theory) solved. Also, there are ...
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Can (human) gas propel someone in a contained space station?

I am NOT trying to be lewd, but I had a student ask this. Yes, she may have been tongue-in-cheek, but I promised to answer her. And yes, I am trying to keep this as practical as possible. If and ...
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Generating power in zero-g

When generating electricity, energy is lost to friction in mechanical bearings (e.g. turbine or generator bearings) and as heat, through resistance in transmission wires. If you were generating ...
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3D modeling software for zero gravity

I think that many 3D modeling software packages like Blender and Rhino-3D assume the presence of gravity acting downwards. What would a person use to model a structure in microgravity (more ...
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How steady is the atmospheric drag force experienced by the ISS?

Suppose one wanted to modulate the power of a hypothetical, powerful ion thruster on the ISS to continuously compensate the atmospheric drag force in order to achieve near-perfect free-fall conditions ...
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What do the terms milli-g and microgravity mean? How are they used?

I've seen the terms "milli-g" acceleration and microgravity in many questions and answers here, within the context of spaceflight. Does milli-g refer to accelerations between 0.001 $g_0$ and 1 $g_0$, ...
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Can plants grow in microgravity?

If a manned mission to another far-off planet were to take place, the crew probably would need something more sustainable than tubes for a food resource - plants would probably be the best option. ...
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can a raspberry type powered controller device be successful in obtaining a geostationary orbit? [duplicate]

I am currently looking into the possibility of very tiny automated drone transportation. I hope to prove viability by testing using orbital mechanics experiments. Achieving geostationary orbit and ...
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Can fish really live in microgravity without water?

Yes, you read that title correctly. I saw the claim in "Colonies in Space", hosted on the NSS site. In a weightless space farm, it may be possible to raise fish without water. On Earth, when a ...
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What does “masquerading zero gravity” mean?

From the book Packing for Mars: An entire odd universe of mock outer space has grown up here on earth. Capsules that never blast off; hospital wards where healthy people spend months on their ...
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Is it possible to simulate Mars gravity on Earth?

Can you use an aircraft to simulate Mars gravity on Earth, similar to the way weightlessness is simulated by fling in a parabolic arc? What would the flight profile have to look like to achieve mars ...