The Vomit Comet

Hard at work in microgravity. Image credit: Novespace, Bordeaux.

This week the Open University released the second in a series of excellent primers on microgravity – this time, looking at how the evocatively nicknamed Vomit Comet – AKA parabolic flights – can help scientists understand how planets form.

What is microgravity?

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet testing the SkinSuit on a parabolic flight.  Credit: CNES/Novespace, 2014

This week the OU released the first of four new videos funded by the UK Space Agency, called 60 Second Adventures in Microgravity, which you can see here: We’re really proud of these videos, which nicely manage the balancing act …