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Every American child grows up wanting to be an astronaut, a marine biologist, or a moderately successful magician. Today's deal simulates one of those three: $3,500 lets you float, somersault, bounce, and fly in Zero-G, the modified Boeing 727 that simulates the weightlessness of space, plus you get a DVD and photos to commemorate the experience (a $5,000 value). This deal gets you a seat on the October 3 Zero-G Experience.
The first parabolic maneuver produces the gravitational pull of Mars—about 1/3 that of Earth—giving you the ability to break the all-time long-jump record (257 yards). Two more parabolic maneuvers produce moon gravity, enough to break the pole-vault record. After that, 12 parabolic maneuvers euphoric wonderment of total weightlessness. Blow bubbles, release M&Ms, and toss your giddy, uncontrollably giggling crewmates around the cabin. This sensation can only be had outside the stratosphere, inside Uncle Albert's house, or on a G-Force One.
Before taking off, you'll be given a light breakfast and an orientation session. Then it's off to the fly zone. You'll have a 30-minute flight to the right altitude then unbuckle and float in 12 to 15 parabolas, totaling about eight minutes of weightlessness. After the flight, enjoy refreshments and bond over your experience with your wide-eyed compatriots at the Re-gravitation Celebration. You'll take home your flight suit along with photos and a video to remember your buoyant, breathtaking day until the end of man.
Note: Please see Zero-G's terms and conditions.
In the Space Review, senior aerocomposite technician Gregory N. Cecil describes his experience in Zero-G as defying description:
- I’ve jumped off things, jumped out of planes 4,600 meters (15,000 feet) up, swam underwater, rode rollercoasters, and more, but nothing I’ve experienced can come close to describe what it’s like to float in microgravity. It was a once in a lifetime experience. – Gregory N. Cecil, Aerocomposite Technician, United Space Alliance
Mike Fahey describes his giddy ride on Kotaku:
- I might have been a giant goofy man in an ill-fitting blue jumpsuit, but that first journey into weightlessness was one of the most glorious moments in my life. Over the course of those weightless moments we attempted to drink water that was floating in clear globes through the cabin, released peanut M&Ms into the air for some odd reason, and played a game of catch with a human ball. All the goofy things you see people in zero-g do on the Discovery Channel, all of them amazingly entertaining in context. – Mike Fahey, Kotaku