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I floated in zero-g with former astronaut Scott Kelly

And no, I did not throw up.
Zero G

Hanging out in zero g. I'm the one in the top right.

Zero G/Steve Boxall

I did not throw up.

When I tell people that I’ve ridden in a zero-g plane, invariably they ask, propriety be damned, if I threw up. So, it’s best to address that aspect of zero-g straight away. Though I dutifully stick the company issued barf bag in my flight suit’s pocket—just in case—my stomach’s contents remain my stomach’s contents through the many 30-to-40 second cycles of less than Earth’s gravity. Five other fliers—all men—are significantly less fortunate.

The vomit question probably traces its origin to the unofficial name for planes like the one I flew in: the vomit comet. Although my flight is run by a company, appropriately called , it was NASA astronauts who crafted this odious if rhythmic nickname. Before these planes got into the recreation business, they were training facilities. Specifically, facilities that tended to evacuate the stomach contents of NASA trainees, who’d would fly in the airplane to grow accustomed to the

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