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Tony Hawk, Jaws Homoki attempt skateboard tricks in zero gravity

By Ben Hooper
Tony Hawk, Jaws Homoki attempt skateboard tricks in zero gravity
Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki attempt skateboard tricks in zero gravity. Screenshot: Sony/YouTube

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Pro skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki boarded a specially designed aircraft to try out skateboarding tricks in zero, martian, and lunar gravity.

The skateboarders, who teamed with Sony, 900 Films for the stunt, boarded a Zero Gravity Corporation plane -- similar to NASA's famed "vomit comet" -- that flew in parabolas to simulate gravity that would be found in places other than earth.

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The first parabola caused the aircraft to simulate the gravity on Mars, about 1/3 the gravity found on earth. The skateboarders had some initial trouble getting their boards to respond property to their trick attempts, but they had more luck with a simulation of the moon's gravity, which caused them to be about 1/6 of their normal body weights.

The first attempt at zero-g resulted in some chaos, but the men were able to hold onto their boards and simulate flips and other tricks.

Hawk and Homoki attempted other tricks in subsequent zero-g parabolas, including spinning through the air, trading boards and spinning boards around their legs.

"I have no sense of where I am when we're doing it," Hawk said in the video, referring to the periods of zero gravity.

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