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Try Zero-Gravity (Try_Zero-G)
12.05.12

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Experiment Overview

This 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).
Brief Summary

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.

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

    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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    Information provided by the investigation team to the ISS Program Scientist's Office.
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