Youngest Brazilian to climb Everest now experiences suborbital flight
If you think climbing Everest is quite an adventure, then this is for the few! This year, the tragedy that struck Nepal also had an impact on the world's largest mountain: the April earthquake killed 20 climbers in the most tragic year since commercial exploration began.
Despite the risks, many adrenaline fans dream of reaching the “roof of the world”. And Brazil, with over 200 million people, only managed to take 13 up there. The youngest of all was São Paulo doctor Karina Oliani, who completed the adventure in 2013 when she was 31 years old.
Karina takes the Brazilian flag to the top of Everest
Suborbital flight: the zero gravity experience
And Everest is not the only feat in Karina's life. She accepted the “Seven Summits” challenge, which provides for the largest mountain climb on each continent. So far, the doctor has been at the top of four: Kilimanjaro (Africa, 2009), Aconcagua (America, 2011), Elbrus (Europe, 2011) and Everest, Asia's (and the world's, of course) highest point. .
Karina loves an adventure! On her Facebook profile, you can see her shark diving, snowboarding, wakeboarding, canoeing, rock climbing, helicopter piloting, rappelling and more! She has even flown on the wings of an airplane!
Did you find little? The adventurer doesn't stop there: now she's soaring into space - or even close to him! After encouragement from a professor of aerospace medicine, Karina realized her dream of experiencing zero gravity. She went to France to do a suborbital flight, that is, to participate in the experience closest to being in a place without gravity.
Adventurer experiences the sensation of being without gravity
Preparation and fear
Suborbital flight can counteract the acceleration of gravity for a few seconds while its passengers have the sensation of floating free in space. “My biggest fear was getting sick and vomiting in flight: more than half of people who experience total absence of gravity for the first time have difficulty adapting the maze, a tiny organ that sits inside the ears and is responsible for body balance. ”Explains the doctor.
However, Karina was prepared. She says she took anti-nausea medication so she wouldn't get sick and tried to keep her head as still as possible while the force of gravity kicked in. The flight, although it only lasts a few minutes, seems indescribable! After so much excitement, what will be your next destination?
Suborbital flight simulates zero gravity
(With information from the press office)
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