What is microgravity

(ORDO NEWS) — Microgravity is a state in which people or objects appear to be weightless. The effects of microgravity can be seen when astronauts and objects on the ISS float through space. Microgravity can be experienced in other ways as well.

“Micro” means “very small”, so microgravity refers to the state where gravity appears to be very small. In microgravity, astronauts can float in their spacecraft, such as on the ISS – or outside it in outer space.

Heavy objects in such a situation move easily. For example, astronauts can move hundreds of kilograms of equipment with their fingertips. Microgravity is sometimes referred to as “weightlessness”, but this is misleading.

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