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
- Book Title Gravity, Weight and Their Absence
- Series Title SpringerBriefs in Physics
- Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Physics
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8696-0
- Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
- Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
- eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
- Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-8695-3
- eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8696-0
- Series ISSN 2191-5423
- Series E-ISSN 2191-5431
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XIII, 88
- Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
Surface and Interface Science, Thin Films
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