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06-07-1999, 10:26 PM
What is it about Earth or any heavenly body that does not allow us to feel if we're on it's top , bottom ,side etc Is it it's size or the fact that there is really no top or bottom for something floating in space. I mean from space it may seem odd to look at the bottom of Earth and say "Hey you know people are actually standing up down there"

06-07-1999, 11:02 PM
What is it about Earth or any heavenly body that does not allow us to feel if we're on it's top , bottom ,side etc

It's called gravity, and the reason you don't feel like you're on the top, side, or bottom is that you're not. If you are out in space looking at the earth, there is no up or down, or sides. "Down" is the direction toward the stronger gravity, not any specific direction like left or right.

Is it it's size or the fact that there is really no top or bottom for something floating in space.

Yes, see above.

I mean from space it may seem odd to look at the bottom of Earth and say "Hey you know people are actually standing up down there"

No, see above. They're not upside down any more than you are.

Ugly

flapcats
07-13-2002, 04:43 PM
Would a person subconsciously/intuitivly feel that 'down' was the direction toward their feet if they were floating in the vaccum of space?

Didn't Dave Matthews also ask Freejack00's question?

Church Key Kid
07-13-2002, 04:54 PM
Would a person subconsciously/intuitivly feel that 'down' was the direction toward their feet if they were floating in the vaccum of space?

I doubt it. If you diving in your pool face first, with your feet pointing 'up', you still know that you are facing 'down'.

Most likely, if there were no gravity at all, you would consider 'down' to the direction that you initially came from (ie, your spaceship).

kniz
07-15-2002, 01:02 AM
If you are standing on the North Pole, why don't you get dizzy? :p