The 21-year-old swimsuit model wears a tiny two-piece, showing off tan skin, her full mane flowing around her as she poses her unbelievably flawless body. If you think this sounds like your average photo shoot, that's where you're wrong: Upton made Sports Illustrated history with her gravity-free photo spread.
Check out photos from the special anniversary edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2014 and behind-the-scenes video from the sexy, spacey shoot linked below here now.
Kate Upton Zero Gravity Pics: Sports Illustrated Model Stuns in Out-of-This-World Images (Photos)
For the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2014 shoot, Upton stuns in an itty–bitty bikini as she floats effortlessly in the air. The shiny gold bathing suit barely contains Upton's ample assets, and the lack of gravitational pull makes for an other-worldly effect.
The Kate Upton zero gravity photos were achieved by making use of a zero-G plane and a pitch-and-dive flight technique normally reserved for astronaut training. (For more on zero-G flights and how astronauts prepare for life without the benefit of walking on the ground, check out the fascinating book, "Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach.)
This year's highly-anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hit newsstands on Feb. 18, with Upton gracing the back cover. (Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge are this year's covergirls.) Can't make it to the store just yet? You can check out more Kate Upton zero gravity pics and behind-the-scenes video from the shoot by clicking the highlighted text.