Why microgravity makes life in area tremendous, tremendous annoying

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberger aboard the International Space Station.


If the 2013 movie Gravity taught us something — aside from the truth that it’s best to by no means go on an area stroll with out a severe variety of backup cables tethering you to your spaceship — it is that floating round in microgravity is fraught.

What occurs when there is no air resistance to gradual you down? What occurs when there’s nothing to cease you floating on eternally into the infinite abyss of area? And simply how annoying is it to get actually fundamental actions achieved?

In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we check out the realities of microgravity. 

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Life in microgravity is quite a bit tougher than you suppose


Think astronauts are floating round in zero gravity once they’re up in area? Think once more. Think the International Space Station is much away sufficient from Earth to flee its gravitational pull? Not by a protracted mile.

In precise truth, the International Space Station is hurtling by means of area at hundreds of miles an hour, leaving astronauts in a continuing state of free fall and making it actually exhausting to get something achieved.

So regardless that you are feeling like gravity does not “get” you and has at all times been making an attempt to carry you again, you are fairly fortunate to have a pressure protecting you grounded on terra firma.

To be taught extra in regards to the harsh realities of life away from Earth, take a look at this week’s episode of Watch This Space. And you may get your area repair each different Friday with new episodes, or meet up with the entire sequence on CNET or YouTube.