What Is Microgravity?
A cartoon astronaut floats in a falling elevator

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-12
Year: 1996


This NASA video segment defines microgravity. Viewers learn that microgravity is, in essence, a product of free fall and that experiments aboard the space shuttle experience continuous free fall. The segment also discusses ways to briefly recreate microgravity on Earth.

What Is Microgravity?
Duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Liftoff to Learning: Microgravity DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
The Constant Pull of Gravity: How Does It Work?
Simulating the Low-Gravity Conditions of Space in the Lab
The Role of Microgravity in Scientific Research
Fluid Physics Experiments in Space
Biotechnology Experiments in Space
Materials Science Experiments in Space
Combustion Experiments in Space