The on-line transmission from the flight

2017-10-17 16:29:14


Balloon moves with the speed of the wind, so when you are in its basket you feel as if you were standing still and it was the cityscape of Warsaw below that was moving. The relations between sensory perception and rational thinking are an outcome of the relativity of the systems in which we exist.

As we are flying, many more associations about the relativity of time come to our minds, some of them not really connected with our senses.

The relativity of time reveals itself at speeds close to the speed of light, or when there is a strong gravity field. According to the theory of relativity, time depends on the speed of the object in which we find ourselves, and the operating forces of gravity. Time slows down as gravity grows, so it flows more slowly on the Earth than it does on the orbit, where the gravity is weak. The scientific term for this phenomenon is time dilation: the difference in the elapsed time measured at two different points. The flow of time changes also when you rise up, not only when you are flying a balloon. It is enough to stand up to experience it.

The difference, however, is more perceptible in a balloon flying at 600 meters above Warsaw. Time flows slower for all the people who are strolling down the streets or driving their cars below us. The balloon flyers age a bit faster than them. In the course of twenty-four hours the difference amounts to picoseconds, but if you would measure it for a lifespan…

 For those with their feet on the ground but head in the clouds, every part of their body exists in a different time system. The head is jogging towards the future, while the feet are slacking behind.

 The biggest aging difference was experienced by Sergey Krikalov, who travelled further into the future by 1/50 of a second during his two-year stay at the MIR space station, which moves on the Earth’s orbit with the speed of 7.7 km/s.


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