First steps in ZERO-G
After the long detailed stories about the wonders of microgravity told by my experienced team, it was finally my turn to give it a try myself.
The first thing I felt in the beginning of the first parabola in its hypergravity phase was purely unnatural: my skin was stretched to unusual positions and everything inside my body seemed to be travelling towards the bottom. Then I heard ‘injection!’, the famous word for starting the microgravity phase, for which I thought I was well prepared. I was clearly wrong! The feeling of being lifted upwards and the loss control on whatever body motion I had been controlling before were entirely unpredictable. The numerous technical problems we faced in our experiment also seemed to be a normal result in such unnatural conditions!
Despite the lovely dose of scopolamine we were provided with in the morning before the flight, my body wasn’t too happy with the frequent change in gravity levels, it rather had me make up my mind on what conditions I wanted to move around. Luckily Danjo was a remarkably patient zero-g partner and did a superb job during my partly absence. Also, the second injection of scopo apparently turned me into a state that amused many witnesses…
The way in which this exceptional experience changed me was that I am still amusingly alert and prepared to sudden floating at any moment. It also gave me a substantial motivational boost towards my PhD thesis, and I am looking forward to working towards the campaigns to come.
The day was concluded with a light team evening jog that reminded how healthy it is to keep the feet down to Earth, after all. Until the next time onboard A300 Zero-G, of course.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:24)