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Zero Gravity In 360 - A Trip On A Parabolic Flight

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Experience a zero gravity parabolic flight, or ‘vomit comet’ in 360 video.
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Day 12 of A Place Called Space, our 2015 advent calendar:
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It’s possible to experience zero gravity without actually going into space. A trip on a parabolic flight – affectionately nicknamed ‘the vomit comet’ – gives short bursts of weightlessness as a plane plunges down to earth.

This unique experience is a key training ground for astronauts preparing to venture beyond our atmosphere. Christmas Lecturer Kevin Fong got himself a ticket, and we snuck a 360 degree camera on board.

Yes, that is Miss France, but no, we're not sure why.

Move the video in real time to experience zero gravity like never before.

For the best viewing experience you’ll need to be using the YouTube app on your iOS or Android mobile device, or an up-to-date browser on a desktop, laptop or Mac, but it’s worth it.

‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.

'A Place Called Space' channels the voices of seasoned astronauts and expert scientists through the eyes of a team of talented animators, film-makers and artists, bringing you a thought-provoking gem to kick-start each day.
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