Gravity, Weight and Their Absence

  • Vladimir Pletser

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Vladimir Pletser
    Pages 1-21
  3. Vladimir Pletser
    Pages 23-39
  4. Vladimir Pletser
    Pages 41-66
  5. Vladimir Pletser
    Pages 67-84
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 85-88

About this book


The book introduces readers to the concept of weightlessness and microgravity, and presents several examples of microgravity research in fluid physics, the material sciences and human physiology. Further, it explains a range of basic physical concepts (inertia, reference frames, mass and weight, accelerations, gravitation and weightiness, free fall, trajectories, and platforms for microgravity research) in simple terms. The last section addresses the physiological effects of weightlessness.
The book’s simple didactic approach makes it easy to read: equations are kept to a minimum, while examples and applications are presented in the appendices. Simple sketches and photos from actual space missions illustrate the main content.
This book allows readers to understand the space environment that astronauts experience on board space stations, and to more closely follow on-going and future space missions in Earth orbit and to Mars.


Referential frames Gravitational attraction Drop tower Aircraft parabolic flights Sounding rockets Superficial tension Physiological effects Bone demineralization Long term space mission Absence of gravity Absence of weight

Authors and affiliations

  • Vladimir Pletser
    • 1
  1. 1.Technology and Engineering Centre for Space UtilizationChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-8695-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-8696-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5423
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5431
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