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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


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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