Parabolic Flight - Science in Zero G: Episode One

presented by Dr Helen Czerski and Ginny Smith


In episode one of our new original six part series, Science in Zero G, physicist Dr Helen Czerski and science presenter Ginny Smith journey to Bordeaux in France and the headquarters of Novespace to take part in the European Space Agency’s 72nd Parabolic Flight Campaign.

We take a look at what a parabolic flight is, how micro gravity is achieved and Helen gets her first experience of weightlessness. There is certain science that just can’t be done in Earth’s gravity and, short of living on the ISS, the only way to conduct these experiments is on a parabolic flight campaign.

Next episode we begin to look at this cutting edge science.

New episodes each Wednesday at 8:30pm and on demand.

With special thanks to the Neil Meville, Rosita Suensen and the great team at the European Space Agency and Anne-Clotilde Duchesne and the equally great team at Novespace for having us as part of the campaign.

Zero G flight footage shot by Melanie Cowan.

Produced and Directed by Trent Burton

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External footage of the Zero G plane courtesy of Novespace

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