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Simulating gravity

The impact of microgravity on humans' physical and mental health is unfathomable and ensuring artificial gravity shall help humanity settle on celestial bodies beyond Earth

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Kumar Abishek
In the epic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, producer and director Stanley Kubrick and sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke envisioned the creation of “artificial gravity” using a monumental centrifuge — a giant spinning drum fitted with control consoles and furniture for astronauts. That movie was released way back in 1968.

Fifty-four years later, Orbital Assembly Corporation, following the movie’s footsteps, recently announced a plan to develop a space business park (hotel), complete with the so-called artificial gravity and designed to accommodate 28 guests, in five modules built around a spinning “gravity” ring. It plans to simulate a sixth
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First Published: May 20 2022 | 11:09 PM IST

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