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Thank You For Flying The Vomit Comet, Gregory Dilisi, Lori Dilisi, Robert Dempsey Jan 2007

Thank You For Flying The Vomit Comet, Gregory Dilisi, Lori Dilisi, Robert Dempsey

Gregory A. DiLisi

The writers describe their experience of a flight aboard NASA's C9 so-called Weightless Wonder aircraft. To celebrate the 2005 World Year of Physics, NASA, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Physical Society co-sponsored a contest to select teams of high school students and their mentors to fly an experiment aboard the aircraft, which simulates microgravity by conducting a series of parabolic maneuvers. In January 2005, the writers learned that their experiment, which studied how thin strands of liquid suspended between movable supports would respond to entering and exiting microgravity, had been selected as one of 6 ...