ISS Astronaut Roped In To Pilot Airbus 'Zero Gravity' Plane Has A Test-Flight [WATCH]

| February 18 , 2018 , 15:23 IST

One of the most interesting aspects of going to outer space is experiencing zero gravity, and the exhilarating weightlessness that comes along with it. However, going to outer space, despite there being tickets for tourists, is not exactly easy as it requires thrust to leave the Earth's atmosphere and is also a costly venture.

An easier way to experience zero gravity would be through a plane that recreates weightless conditions of space.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who returned from the International Space Station has been training to fly the Airbus "Zero-G" plane that recreates the weightless conditions of space flight.

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While travelling to space as a tourist costs Rs 160 lakhs, flying in zero gravity on the Airbus plane costs Rs 4.79 lakh (6,000 euros) per ticket.

The 39-year-old Pesquet, who will take up his duties flying the plane in March 2018, compared the experience as being similar to that of the experience on the ISS.

"It brings back a lot of memories, It's like on the International Space Station. It doesn't last as long, but we are in freefall.  We were in freefall around the earth in the Space Station, today we're in an aeroplane but it's the same thing. In the Space Station this just carries on, but it's the same idea," said Pesquet.

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