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To make it appear as if they had shot Kate Upton into space clad merely in a gold bikini for their 50th anniversary swimsuit issue, Sports Illustrated partnered with Zero G, a tourism company that provides zero-gravity experiences. Upton, her team and a few photographers boarded a Boeing-727 which "performed a series of 17 parabolas" including "13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity" during which Upton posed while bouncing and bobbing around in skimpy swimsuits. This does not seem like an easy task considering that a parabola is when a pilot angles the aircraft up at 45 degrees, flies it up to a high altitude and then 'pushes' the plane over for a few seconds before stabilizing it—kinda like a roller coaster ride. Oh, and then, they repeat that about 10 to 15 times.
Said one SI editor, "Kate surprised us all with how she handled modeling in weightlessness." She doesn't even look like she's about to vomit!