Watch What Happens When A Man Wrings Out A Wet Towel In Space
By Mack Rawden 2013-04-20 11:00:36
Everyone has a mental image of astronauts doing flips and floating around inside space, but beyond that most basic image, the day-to-day rigors of living outside Earth are a big mystery to an overwhelming majority of us. Luckily, the Canadian Space Agency enlisted space professional Chris Hadfield to answer a slew of crazy questions during his time in the International Space Station. Earlier this month, he went viral for his video about what it looks like when a man cries in space, and now, he’s done it again thanks to a wet washcloth.
Conceived by 10th graders Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, the girls won a science competition thanks to an experiment in which they hypothesized water would not wring out of a towel in space because of surface tension. As an extremely affable dude, Hadfield volunteered to try out the water experiment in space, and it actually worked exactly as the girls predicted. Fortunately for the rest of us, he taped the entire thing and later uploaded it online for science-loving citizens of the world to appreciate.
There are extremely practical reasons why we need scientists to study space. Apart from that realism, however, there’s something about escaping Earth’s atmosphere that’s forever fascinating to most of us. Here’s to hoping the Canadian Space Agency and Hadfield continue to tickle our imaginations with more brilliant videos.