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Progress Toward Safe Flights to Space for People with Disabilities



On October 16, 2021, AstroAccess, a nonprofit initiative focused on making flying to space accessible to everyone, organized a parabolic flight that allowed 12 individuals with disabilities to experience zero gravity.


Some passengers including Eric Ingram, a wheelchair user, discovered what it feels like not only to float in zero gravity, but also to stand. Eric described the experience as “legitimately weird.”


AstroAccess and the flight’s participants are steadfast in that accessibility with regard to space travel should be implemented now—before it becomes mainstream instead of later.


Further Reading:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/science/astronauts-disabilities-astroaccess.html



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