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Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon: How?

Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:46 am

My apologies if this belongs in the Space and Military forum. In the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, how did they produce the weightlessness? (Which was obviously authentic.) Was it done in the Weightless Wonders (Vomit Comet) aircraft, ala Apollo 13? Or something method? (Heck, maybe they were all method actors and really want into space?)  Silly

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RE: Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon: How?

Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:04 am



Quoting KAUST (Thread starter):
Was it done in the Weightless Wonders (Vomit Comet) aircraft, ala Apollo 13?

I would assume that this is how it was done. Tom Hanks worked on From the Earth to the Moon, and NASA was very willing to help out after Apollo 13, which turned into a huge smash at the box office. As far as I know, this is the best way of recreating weightlessness on Earth,

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RE: Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon:

Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:26 am

Thanks Cadet. This is what I'd presumed as well.

However, the shots in this mini-series were so large-panned. They seemed to get an awful lot of set in one shot, meaning the interior of those 707 W.W.'s must be much larger than I'd been imagining!  Wow!
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RE: Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon: How?

Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:58 am



Quoting KAUST (Reply 2):
They seemed to get an awful lot of set in one shot, meaning the interior of those 707 W.W.'s must be much larger than I'd been imagining!

Or they lined the interior of the aircraft with green felt (Green screen!).

I've always been curious to do those weightless flights but with how motion sick I get, it probably wouldn't be a good idea. Nobody wants to see floating vomit.

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RE: Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon: How?

Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:32 pm

Apollo info galore

The Zero G video was shot inside a VOMIT COMET as it allowed Zero wires to be required to support the actors!

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/frame.html


How the Comet works.

http://edition.cnn.com/TECH/space/9903/30/downlinks/
 
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RE: Weightlessness In From The Earth To The Moon: How?

Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:22 am

We never went to the Moon so it was all done on sound stages.

Seriously though,

"To simulate Moon gravity, weather balloons filled with helium were attached to the backs of the astronauts, effectivly reducing their Earth-bound weights to that of on the Moon." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_Earth_to_the_Moon_(HBO)
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