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Kids in zero gravity

Extraordinary kids enjoy a weightless experience

© by Airborne Films / ESA / Novespace / YouTube

Source | Airborne Films / ESA / Novespace / YouTube | 09 October 2017 1 minute
Extraordinary kids deserve an extraordinary experience. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Novespace, subsidiary of CNES, offered a weightless challenge to eight disabled kids, with the help of the association organizing the “Rêves de Gosse” (Kids’ dreams) event. The kids came from five ESA member states – UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy – and boarded the converted Airbus A310 Zero G in Bordeaux, France, as part of this “Kid’s Weightless Dreams” flight. True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers. ESA astronauts from the corresponding member states joined the children to mentor them on board and to answer their questions. ESA is not only delighted to organize such a marvelous event, educating and inspiring an audience as diverse as possible is part of ESA’s philosophy. On board, the kids also took part in various educational experiments, such as mixing liquids of different densities, lighting a candle, playing ping-pong with water bubbles or using a fidget spinner. For more please check out www.esa.int