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Kate Upton goes weightless for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (PHOTOS)

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Sports Illustrated's highly-anticipated (among men, at least) swimsuit edition hit stores yesterday. In the issue, readers will be treated to pages upon pages of beautiful, scantily-clad women modeling the latest in swimwear. Among the models is Kate Upton, perhaps the world's most famous supermodel. However, in one of her shoots, Upton took her profession to new highs, literally.

In a first for SI, Upton modeled in weightlessness.

Speaking on the unique shoot, which took place on a Zero Gravity Corp. jet, MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, said "the Zero-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved . . . we have been almost everywhere in the past 50 years with SI Swimsuit, but we have never done anything like this. It was certainly the most out-of-the-box shoot.” Day also praised Upton for how well she did the shoot.

Traditionally, planes flying in parabolic arcs have been used to train astronauts. In such a flight, a plane climbs to a high altitude and suddenly starts to dive in a flight path similar to a hill. At what would be considered the top of the hill, the passengers would experience up to about 30 seconds of simulated weightlessness comparable to what one would feel in orbit. On a more terrestrial level, for anyone riding a roller coaster, the “air time” felt at the top of a hill operates on the same principle.

In recent years, private companies have started to offer such an experience to the general public. Got $5,000 laying around? Well, that's enough to get yourself started on registration for a flight.

Must be nice . . .

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