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Mar15-07, 12:14 PM
Even if an object is dropped from the space shuttle in orbit around the Earth, its acceleration is NOT zero!!
You're right, of course, but it's not relevant for the OP's purpose of dropping the object off a platform. I could have worded it better.
Even at the altitude of the space shuttle the value of g is far from being zero (it's smaller than 9.8 m/s^2 but is still far from zero).
Right - which is what I said.