Disabled Kids Get to Experience Zero Gravity

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Novespace, subsidiary of CNES, offered a weightless experience to 8 disable kids. The kids came from five ESA member states, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy, and boarded the converted Airbus A310 Zero G in Bordeaux, France, as part of this “Kid’s Weightless Dreams” flight. True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers, as in the Air Zero G flights operated by Novespace. The children also took part in education experiments including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness. Two disabled adults, former athlete and German television personality Samuel Koch, a strong advocate for disabled causes, and Philippe Carette, a very active Reve de Gosse volunteer and pilot, also took part in the flight.