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First-Hand Look: One Family's Unforgettable Zero Gravity Holiday

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Like many American families across the country, the Stern family of Colorado celebrated the Fourth of July holiday together on Sunday. But instead of a traditional barbecue or picnic, the family took to the skies for a novel weightless daytrip on a Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G) aircraft.

Here, journalist and eldest Stern daughter Sarah Stern describes the experience of the July 4th trip, which was arranged as part of a project led by her father – planetary scientist Alan Stern – investigating the scientific uses of zero gravity and suborbital spaceflights at the Southwest Research Institute:

Countdown to takeoff
I woke up to hear my dad's muffled voice saying "Welcome to Space Day" on the morning of the Fourth of July. My family and I were about to experience zero gravity, what many have labeled the "gateway drug" for space tourism.

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