What happens when you wring out a washcloth in space?

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33 Responses to “What happens when you wring out a washcloth in space?”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    That was a Wonderful Thing! Excellent – surface tension does cool stuff in Space!!!

  2. CLamb says:

    Great copyright notice!

  3. -hms- says:

    For all people who end up in positions of power, or even just in unique, exclusive positions who don’t deserve to be there and make the world feel unfair and out of control, all the reviled dictators, and Peter- or Dilbert Principled managers and nepotism that drives us all insane, sometimes you see somebody, and you think: “That is EXACTLY who I would want in that job.” Chris Hadfield, you are the person for the friggin’ job my friend.

  4. nixiebunny says:

    Totally not what I was expecting. Ain’t science grand?

  5. This!  This is produced in Canada… why is not NASA putting something like this out EVERY DAY onto the TV or something. THIS is what will get kids interested in space and science!

  6. Tremendous. Totally not what I expected and just another reminder: Things ARE different in space folks! Agree wtih @carlpietrantonio, more of this content would be awesome.

    • HarveyBoing says:

      Things ARE different in space

      Nitpick: should be “Things ARE different in freefall”

      One can reproduce the result even not in space (e.g. in a jet flying a “freefall” trajectory). Conversely, the result won’t be reproduced in space if not in freefall (e.g. on the moon, or in an accelerating spacecraft).

      • miasm says:

         Nitpick: *Everything* is in space.
        …except maybe all of the gravity.

        • HarveyBoing says:

          Taking the interpretation that “everything is in space” only reinforces my point, rather than is a logically valid “nitpick” of it.

          If everything is in space (which in a way, of course it is, even if I find that to be a useless interpretation of “space”), then not only is this experiment not different in space, nothing is (in a trivially true way). But things are still different in freefall.

          Which is what I said. So, thank you for your support.

          Whatever your definition of “space” is, this experiment is more about what’s different in freefall, not what’s different in space.

          • miasm says:

            Well, I’m glad my support is so well received.
            (your celestial, planetary bodies occupy both the ‘not-in space’ and ‘in space’ sets. So, playing with that inherent confusion, and demanding that “everything is in space” would be an attempt at a  humorous play on the inconsistency already present in your nitpick and, by undermining itself (the comment is essentially a tautaulogy), I sought not to appear to be pedantic about the gesture.
            Now, seeing as we’re critically assaying our initial comments, I propose a further third round of post-post-modern meta-analyses in the medium of ASCII art)

      • nem0fazer says:

         Yes you can reproduce it in a freefall trajectory but the sound of the other passengers screaming spoils the effect.

  7. mathieu jacques says:

    Just not note how this has been brought to you by the queen of england…

  8. Kelly M says:

    Very cool, but what happens to those random globules of water that went drifting off?    I would think in such a complex environment you wouldn’t want even a handful of water drops drifting off toward component xyz.  /shrug  maybe they cleaned that stuff up off camera?

  9. beemoh says:

    Nah, the coolest thing in that video is how he repeatedly just lets go of the mic expecting it to stay near(ish) to his mouth like it’s the most normal thing in/off the world.

    • Boundegar says:

      The coolest thing is he’s talking to a couple of high school girls – and you can hear their classmates cheering in the background.

  10. knoxblox says:

    As an artist/oil painter, this is now making me wonder how difficult it would be to paint in zero gravity. You know, to get the paint off the brush. I suppose the splatter method would simply allow the paint to hang in the air as the brush is “removed” in a forward motion?

  11. tnmc says:

    Shhh!  Don’t tell Stephen Harper or Vic Toews or…

  12. eviladrian says:

    I still get surprised when I see these astronaut videos and things start bouncing around the place without slowing down.  Some part of my mind keeps interpreting the scene as being underwater and expecting everything to have drag on it.

    Also, I’m pretty sure if I were in an environment with no inner-ear balance I’d just be throwing up 24/7, how do these guys handle it?  Medication, training or sheer force of will?

  13. Andrew S. says:

    For their next experiment, can the astronauts find out how easy it would be to use a smaller, more efficient lapel mic instead of that huge, floating hand mic?

    …or duct tape?

  14. a_w_young says:

    Hadfield comes from my tiny city, Sarnia, Ontario… and it always amazes me that we have what seems to be the tiniest airport around and that it’s named after him. 

  15. Halloween_Jack says:

    OK, those rich people that pay Roscosmos tens of millions of dollars to go into space (such as Richard Garriot, aka Lord British)? I totally get that now. (Besides, you’re helping to support space exploration, given that Roscosmos is now AFAIK the only program that can actually get people up there and back down.) 

  16. AlgorithmicAnalyst says:

    OK, you get a gold star for that one :)

  17. Andreas Beer says:

    And what happens when you open a bag of chips and while eating them you accidently crash into an ant farm?

  18. Mark Weber says:

    That is so coooool!  I want to go to space!

  19. John Doe Jnr says:

    That is seriously cool. This kind of thing can only garner more interest in engineering and science among our school students, please do more, awesome space people! 

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