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Artificial gravity. The advances in astronomy

Artificial gravity. The advances in astronomy

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Artificial gravity involves the alteration of natural gravity or force G artificially, both in space and on Earth. There are various projects and studies to manage to dominate gravity, and most of them use centripetal force and linear acceleration.

Both astrophysicists and aerospace engineers investigate and create new methods for the generation and manipulation of gravitational fields. With regard to spacecraft, nowadays NASA is designing various instruments of artificial gravity to be able to make long-distance trips. They are not artifacts to generate gravity, something very difficult, but to manipulate it.

The idea of ​​creating artificial gravity in space was already commented on by the Russian astronautic pioneer Tsiolkovski, at the beginning of the 20th century. Later, in the fifties it was popularized by the engineer Wernher von Braun. The latter suggested the idea of ​​a space station in the form of a wheel, something very similar to what we would see shortly after in the movie "2001. Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.

One of the simplest solutions would be the use of centrifuge machines for individual use, which for one or two hours a day could reduce the negative effects caused by weightlessness.

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