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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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This free course was written by Tom Wilks and Helen Fraser. It was first published in October 2018.

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Figure 5: taken from: New Scientist; Technology: Japanese space research comes down to Earth By MICHAEL CROSS in TOKYO

Video 1: Felix Baumgartner’s world record jump, Red Bull

Video 3: Apollo 15 mission experiment on the Moon; ©NASA; uploaded by 20th Century Time Machine

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