Anyone sending a space shuttle into orbit, building a skyscraper, or even studying bone density owes a debt of gratitude to Isaac Newton and his theory of gravitation and laws of motion. Yet, the role of gravity in life’s processes, from cell structure to the human cardiovascular system remains unclear. Judith Kampfner explores the enigma force by starting in an eight grade science class, following a high school physics class as they perform some experiments on NASA’s vomit comet, and interviewing science historian Robert Smith from University of Alberta, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s James Zimbelman and NASA scientists who are creating environments with artificial gravity.
The Soundprint documentary series features the best work of top radio producers. The award winning documentaries are renowned for drawing the listener into the story with compelling interviews, authentic voices and rich sound. From memoirs to science, health and popular culture, Soundprint creates a powerful experience the listener will not soon forget.
"The Enigma Force" is part of a Soundprint mini-series called Exploring Space Science, produced in collaboration with WABE-FM and the Morehouse School of Medicine. The series was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Here are some other documentaries in the series:
"Forecasters of Farming" Produced by: Judith Kampfner and Dave Harries
"Getting Your Bearings" Produced by: Judith Kampfner
"The Human Clock" Produced by: Judith Kampfner
"The Long Distance Patient" Produced by: Judith Kampfner
Soundprint Executive Producer: Moira Rankin
Technical Director: Anna Maria de Freitas
Associate Producer: Gemma Hooley
Audio Engineer: Thom Woodward and Robin Weiss
Production Assistant: Leith Walker
Production Assistant: Graham Loundermon