What would it be like for astronauts if the gravity in the space station was 1% Earths gravity?
If they did that spinning thing.
- Ronald 7Lv 72 months agoFavourite answer
That spinning thing could induce Gravity
- 2 months ago
Dizzy and disorienting.
- ANDYLv 52 months ago
Actually, gravity at the ISS's altitude is 90% that on Earth's surface. So here we are not talking about a no-gravity condition at all. The weightlessness is due to the continuous falling of the Station but without reaching the surface of the globe for it is round. Should its speed decrease just a little bit (because of the thin albeit present atmosphere at that altitude), then the ISS would start to fall gradually on Earth. This is why continuous thrusts are applied to the station in order to maintain its correct distance from the planet. On the other hand, an abnormal increase of the station's speed would send it away from Earth and might be very difficult then to keep control on the ISS and pull it back to its correct orbit again.
A 1% spin is negligible compared to what the astronauts are already facing up there (the above thrusts I wrote of) and, for instance, the change in the "weightlessness" owing to the orbits not being perfectly circular..etc.
- IridflareLv 72 months ago
The problem with spinning space stations as small as the ISS is that it would affect the astronauts' inner ears and give them motion sickness. Whether or not a spin rate that would only simulate .01g would be enough to have that effect I don't know.
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- 2 months ago
1%? I'm not sure there's much benefit in spinning the ISS for such a low return... That's a lot of added complexity - and, the idea of the ISS is to provide a test bed in a zero-G environment.
- Ender772Lv 72 months ago
they are still near earth...i think their gravity is a few percentage