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Soccer Ball in Zero Gravity

This video shares the experience of a research scientist and an undergraduate university team from Nebraska while performing research and education outreach on a microgravity aircraft (aka: vomit comet). The soccer ball shown in this video contained a ContourHD camera (donated by VholdR.com) and 3 high precision gyroscopes (donated by gyroscopes.com) to stabilize the ball in pitch, yaw, and roll while in microgravity. More on gyroscopic stabilization here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdAmEEAiJWo&feature=related http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyroscope http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/gyr.html#gyr2 The purpose of the flight was to conduct NASA related research in microgravity while involving university students to this research planning, development, data collection, and analysis. The program involved flying several experiments on two flight days for a total of 60 microgravity parabolas. The abstract for the research is here: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/SE/theProjects/project-detail.cfm?experimentID=24 NASA's Microgravity Program: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/ NASA's SEED Microgravity Program: http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/SE/
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