Feather And Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator

By: | November 22nd, 2014

Feather & Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator – Plum Brook Station Vacuum Chamber (Image Courtesy www.nasa.gov)

Sir Issac Newton’s Centuries Old Question

Everyone has heard about the feather and the bowling ball: if dropped from the same distance above the earth in a vacuum they will fall at the same rate and hit the ground simultaneously. Most have tried to imagine this experiment, but have you ever seen it carried out in a giant gravity simulator?

Feather & Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator

Feather And Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator (Image Courtesy www.nasa.gov)

Brian Cox, an English physicist and Royal Society Research Fellow and frequent guest on science television shows and at TED conferences, ran this experiment in a gravity simulator at the world’s largest vacuum chamber in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

The video below shows the results!

Feather & Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator

Brian Cox Feather And Bowling Ball In A Gravity Simulator (Image Courtesy www.bbc.co.uk)

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