The photo shows me and others inside NASA’s KC-135, which is a plane used by NASA to produce apparent weightlessness.I’d given up on losing weight so I decided to achieve weightlessness –believe me once the plane started it path that resulted in our apparent weightlessness I was positive that it was the ultimate weight-loss program. Had the flight been for an extended period there would not have been any juices left in my body. But I am getting ahead of myself.
I was honored to be part of an experimental team that investigated the effects of changes in G forces. While my original plan was more physics related, due to my body’s response to changes in G forces, my investigations were biological–I vomited the entire time. So I mentally collected data strapped in a chair with a barf bag over my mouth. Once I didn’t wipe all the liquid from my mouth and when I moved my head several liquid spheres floated in front of my face. I was as excited as a person can be while regurgitating. Too soon the spheres smashed into my lap. They were floating at 0G and fell as the G forces increased. Actually gravity never changed during the flight. Just like it never changes during a roller coaster ride. But at different point during the flight there was an apparent weightlessness. This occurs on a roller coaster as the car moves over the top of a hill. So what is happening? What does it mean to have apparent weightlessness? Can the people in the plane float around or not? See Weightless -2 for more information.