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Why aren't astronauts weightless in space?

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April 14, 2009 6:27PM

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Basically, you are not floating, but instead since you are traveling past earth's escape velocity or are able to break through the pull of gravity, you can follow earth's curve while freefalling and be weightless. Simply put, if you are in a free falling elevator you would think you were in space, as the exact same thing is happening in orbit.