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Public Shares Zero-G Indicator Ideas for NASA’s Boeing Starliner Launch

29 Jul 2021, 13:05 UTC
Public Shares Zero-G Indicator Ideas for NASA’s Boeing Starliner Launch
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Expedition 65 prime crew member Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, holds up a toy cat used in the Soyuz capsule to help indicate the start of weightlessness after leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. Photo credit: NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin
We asked our virtual guests what they would take with them as a zero-gravity indicator if they were launching on the Boeing Starliner spacecraft on July 30 for NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. More than 2,600 of you responded. Two large categories of items emerged: stuffed animals and balls.
Nearly 10% of people suggested something stuffed. This is a traditional category for zero-gravity indicators. Some guests suggested very specific stuffed animals – Snoopy, Baby Yoda, Fiona the hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo, or a something that had been in their family for multiple generations.
We don’t know where they’re shopping, but a few guests suggested stuffed people, Tory Bruno of United Launch Alliance, Jeff Goldblum, and Patrick Star from Sponge Bob fame to be exact. One guest had the lovely idea that “stuffed animals of some sort that would then be donated to sick children.”
Another 10% of respondents suggested some type of ball – or every type of ball. There were tennis balls, ...

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