Credit: Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)
Weightlessness is arguable one of the most amazing parts of space travel, despite the physical and engineering challenges it poses for astronauts. And…Read More »
it can be a lot of fun, too. Check out some amazing photos of astronauts and civilians in weightlessness in this Space.com gallery. Here: This image of a green apple was taken by JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station on Feb. 6, 2014. Wakata tweeted the haiku: “Smell of the Earth, from the fresh green apples, just arrived on Progress.
Model Kate Upton floats in weightlessness during a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated's 2014 swimsuit issue. Image uploaded Feb. 18, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]
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A Tasty Demonstration
NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus floats fresh fruit on the middeck of the space shuttle Endeavour as crewmate Shane Kimbrough looks on in November 2008.
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Zero-G Fires: UCSD Microgravity Team
Credit: SPACE.com/Cady Coleman
Student engineers Daneesha Kenyon (left), Jack Goodwin (center) and Sam Avery (center right) with the UCSD Microgravity Team study biofuel fires in weightlessness…Read More »
during NASA Microgravity University flight on a ZERO-G flight based out of Ellington Field, Houston on July 19, 2013. NASA astronaut Mike Fossum (bottom left in blue flight suit) and SPACE.com's Tariq Malik (far right) observe the experiment. Astronaut Cady Coleman took this photo. Less «
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Fire in Space Experiment: ISS
Credit: NASA/Glenn Research Center
This series of images shows an example of fires burning in a special zero gravity chamber as part of an experiment for the International Space Station. Image posted July 3, 2012.
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Stephen Hawking in Zero Gravity
Professor Stephen Hawking experiences the freedom of weightlessness during a zero gravity flight.
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G-Force One: Zero Gravity Flights
Credit: Zero Gravity Corp.
G-Force One is a modified Boeing 727 for commercial weightless flights.
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Now Boarding: Zero G Flights for the Public
Credit: Zero Gravity Corp
The airborne roller coaster is a specially modified 727.
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Apollo Moon Rock Gets New Lunar Mission
A moon rock brought to Earth by Apollo 11, humans' first landing on the moon in July 1969, is shown as it floats aboard the International Space Station.…Read More »
Part of Earth can be seen through the window. The 3.6 billion year-old lunar sample was flown to the station in honor of the July 2009 40th anniversary of the historic first moon landing. It was returned on shuttle mission STS-128 to be publicly displayed. Less «
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Commander Hadfield's Space Nachos
Credit: Chris Hadfield (via Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield)
Commander Chris Hadfield, aboard the International Space Station, tweeted this image on Jan. 11, 2013. He wrote: " Cmdr_Hadfield Chris Hadfield 11 Jan…Read More »
Variety is the Spice - corn chip, salsa, mushroom pate and jalapeno, floating weightless. pic.twitter.com/D5DukgOa" Less «
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Hadfield Plays Guitar in the ISS Cupola
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar in the International Space Station's Cupola on Dec. 25, 2012. Hadfield is a long-time…Read More »
Sir Richard Branson's Microgravity Training Flight (2)
Credit: Virgin Galactic/Richard Branson
Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson said his recent microgravity training flight was both informative and fun.
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Skinsuit Weightless Test Flight
An astronaut "skinsuit" concept undergoes weightless testing in a microgravity research flight. The skinsuit is a tailor-made garment designed to squeeze…Read More »
an astronaut's body to help counteract the lack of Earth's gravity in space. Less «
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Astronaut Invents Zero-G Coffee Cup
Credit: NASA TV
Endeavour shuttle astronaut Don Pettit sips coffee from a zero-g cup of his own invention during the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station.
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Space Station's Cool Expedition 34 Crew
The International Space Station's Expedition 34 crew pose for a team portrait with sunglasses. Pictured on the front row are NASA astronaut Kevin Ford…Read More »
(right), commander; and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, flight engineer. Pictured on the back row (from the left) are NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Roman Romanenko, all flight engineers. Less «
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Tariq joined Purch's Space.com team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became Space.com's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+, Twitter and on Facebook.