Try Zero-Gravity (Try Zero-G) - 05.13.15

Overview | Description | Applications | Operations | Results | Publications | Imagery

ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Try Zero-Gravity (Try Zero-G) allows the public, especially kids, to vote for and suggest physical tasks for JAXA Astronauts to demonstrate the difference between 0-G and 1-G for educational purposes. Some of tasks include putting in eye drops, performing push-ups on the ceiling, arm wrestling, and flying a magic carpet.
Science Results for Everyone
Try Zero-G gives the public, specifically children, an opportunity to vote for and suggest physical tasks for space station crew members to perform to demonstrate the effects of microgravity.  Tasks for the crew include putting in eye drops, performing push-ups on the ceiling, making soap bubbles, and creating string figures.  The activities are filmed, downlinked, edited and made available to educators throughout Japan. The demonstrations can be viewed at http://iss.jaxa.jp/.  This project highlights the value of microgravity not only to scientists and engineers but also to writers, artists, and others. It can also help to inspire the next generation of space explorers.

The following content was provided by Naoko Matsuo, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Naoko Matsuo, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
Information Pending

Developer(s)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Information Pending

Research Benefits
Information Pending

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2009 - September 2010

Expeditions Assigned
19/20,21/22,23/24

Previous ISS Missions
Increment 19/20 is the first mission for Try Zero-G.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Try Zero-Gravity (Try Zero-G) allows children the opportunity to interact with International Space Station crewmembers through various activities for educational purposes.


  • These activities help to enlighten the general public about microgravity utilization and human space flight and demonstrate that microgravity is useful not only for scientists and engineers, but also for writers, poets, teachers, artists, etc.


  • The Try Zero-G activities will be downlinked, edited, and used to support education resources for educators throughout Japan.

Description
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Try Zero-Gravity (Try Zero-G) experiment consists of various categories including: Movement In Space, Spin (Rotation), Folding Clothes, Magic Carpet, Water Pistol, Eye Drops, Propulsion Through Space, and Two-Way Movement. Each Try Zero-G theme involves different on-orbit activities. The Try Zero-G themes and activities are as follows:

  • Movement In Space
    • Radio Gymnastics

    • Back Flips

    • Cartwheels

    • Push-ups

    • Swimming

    • Soccer
  • Spin (Rotation)

  • Folding Clothes

  • Magic Carpet

  • Water Pistol

  • Eye Drops

  • Propulsion Through Space

  • Two-Way Movement
    • These exercises are conducted by two ISS crewmembers. The goal of these activities is to explore the action-reaction force in a microgravity environment.
      • Arm Wrestling

      • Shaking Hands

      • Sumo Press

      • Tug of War

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Applications

Space Applications
Try Zero-G introduces the next generation of explorers to the space environment.

Earth Applications
Try Zero-G implements activities to enlighten the general public about microgravity utilization and human space flight.

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Operations

Operational Requirements
Try Zero-G does not require power, telemetry, or specialized hardware. However, each session requires time from crewmembers, which will operate the video/camera equipment.

Operational Protocols
After setting up the activity, at least one crewmember will perform the activity while another operates the camera. Each activity will have its own items for use in the demonstration. Afterwards, the activity will be dismantled and returned to stowage. After the video/imagery is returned to Earth, it will be used to develop educational packages for distribution to educators.

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Results/More Information

Information Pending

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Related Websites
Fun Space Experiements

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Imagery

image HD video screen shot of Astronaut Koichi Wakata conducting the “Magic Carpet” activity as part of the Try Zero-G experiment. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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image HD video screen shot of Astronaut Koichi Wakata conducting the “Fold Clothes” activity as part of the Try Zero-G experiment. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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image HD video screen shot of Astronaut Koichi Wakata conducting the “Water Pistol” activity as part of the Try Zero-G experiment. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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image HD video screen shot of Astronaut Koichi Wakata along with Astronaut Robert “Bob” Thirsk conducting the “Arm Wrestling” activity as part of the Try Zero-G experiment. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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