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Teachers Experience Zero Gravity

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a first-ever free fall in Hawaii skies. 30 public school teachers got the trip of a lifetime. The science and math teachers were selected by Northrop Grumman, a company that builds aircraft for NASA, to experience weightless flying. It's the same feeling astronauts experience in outer space.

"It's an undescribable experience. I tell people like it's going up on a roller coaster and you feel heaviness of g's against you but when you get to the top you don't come down unlike that experience. You just keep floating up to the top," said Northrop Grumman Foundation Manager Cheryl Horn.

To experience "zero g's", we board a specially modified Boeing 727 with a large open padded space. This is where we'll float. Once we've reached a safe altitude, we lie down to acclimate our bodies for the ultimate experience!

After 15 minutes into the flight, we can start to feel our bodies getting lighter. Drops of water turned into floating spheres and the laws of physics were in motion.

Teachers will take what they learn and motivate their students to go after careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

"It's a really unique way to make science really exciting for them. Their eyes light up when they see the footage and for the students, I think they're learning anything is possible because who would of thought their teacher could fly around in zero gravity?" said Waikoloa Middle School teacher Mari Taira.

After an hour, the exhilarating ride was over. Teachers are now pumped up to turn this once in a lifetime experience into an out of this world lesson.

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