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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Gravity, a matter of weight

published on 4 04 2017

We will travel to Bremen, in Germany, where there is one of the highest drop towers in the world (ZARM), capable of generating microgravity conditions of almost 10 seconds, and which is used by the European Space Agency (ESA) to test space technology. We will measure the differences of gravity between the level of the sea in Blanes (Girona), and the top of the Turó de l’Home, in the Montseny. We will understand what are the gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein in 1915, and discovered exactly one century later at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO, USA). And we will see how the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) participates in a new experiment to detect gravitational waves in space, which will allow us to “hear” the origin of the Universe.

Speakers Gilberto Grassi of the University of Padua, Thorben Könemann of the ZARM Drop Tower Operation and Service Company, Albert Casas, geologist of the Faculty of Earth Sciences (UB), and Carlos F. Sopuerta of the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC- CSIC).