The answer to this question should be obvious, but I want to make sure. I'm writing a quiz containing difficult general-science questions. One of the questions is: "You’re in an unpowered spaceship that’s going around the Sun in a very off-kilter (i.e., highly eccentric) orbit. Just as your ship is tearing around the Sun at its closest approach, you release a ball inside the ship. What does the ball do?" I believe that it floats. I assume tidal effects can be considered nil or negligible. I like the question because everybody knows the case of the free-falling elevator. In this case, a lay reader might be tempted to believe there's something different about bending around the Sun, as opposed to falling directly toward it. So it checks whether they know that orbiting is free falling. Thank you!