Tuesday, January 31, 2012

the 1/6th gravity chair with @funky49 #smilemovie #sctweetup

This is Steve, @funky49 on twitter. Steve is a rapper and science enthusiast from Florida. (click here to go to his website!) He is also a really neat person, and let me tell you he can come up with a rap about just about anything!  

This simulator is modeled after one the Apollo astronauts used for moon walk training. The chair is called the 1/6 chair because it is designed to simulate the Moon’s gravitational pull, which is 1/6 that of Earth’s.

For example, a person who weighs 150 lbs. on Earth would weigh 25 lbs. on the Moon. Hence, the chair gives the trainees a realistic feeling of walking in the reduced gravity of the moon.

How much would you weigh if you were on the moon?
(Math equation: your weight (1/6) ).

The Apollo astronauts discovered that walking on the moon isn’t as easy as strolling down the street hear on Earth. There are three different kinds of movements that make walking on the moon a piece of cake. These movements are:

  • The Bunny Hop
  • Side-to-Side
  • Slow Motion Jog

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