How We Simulate Space

Perkins, Makaila

Tons of people would love to experience certain elements of space without having to become an astronaut. There are a few ways that will allow you to simulate space’s zero gravity effects, and someone you may know has tested them all out. In his YouTube series with Nuts + Bolts, Tyler The Creator tested out three things that would get him closer to knowing what space really feels like. To simulate the zero gravity effect, Tyler used Virtual Reality, floated in a Neutral Buoyancy Pool at NASA, and went skydiving. Virtual Reality allows your brain to believe you’re in a different world, which is how you feel the space effect. Even though it’s fake, it’ll make you feel like you’re truly there, and it also allows you to interact with your surroundings making the experience more realistic. The neutral-buoyancy pool allows you to float as if there was no gravity, which is what makes it a great way to train astronauts and test equipment. Although he didn’t care for the floating experience, Tyler did stay in the sensory deprivation container for 18 minutes and the employee has stayed in there for more than 6 hours at once. The container is soundproof and very dark to make it feel more realistic. He also went skydiving. When free falling while skydiving, you get the sense of weightlessness which is what it feels like to be traveling in space. This effect doesn’t last the entire fall, but it’s worth the experience. Now, we’re more aware of the different ways we can simulate space.