Incredible Demonstration of Fluid Dynamics in Zero-G

by Nancy Atkinson on April 18, 2013

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The first thing I want to know is where we can get the cool, compacted NASA washcloths. But this new video from Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station is pretty amazing. Hadfield has been working with schools and doing experiments suggested by students. This one was designed by students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner (10th grade) from Lockview High School in Fall River, Nova Scotia . They won a national science contest held by the Canadian Space Agency with their experiment on surface tension in space using a wet washcloth, and you can see the really nifty results here.

Below is another water-themed demonstration from Hadfield, how to wash your hands in space:

Screenshot of Chris Hadfield showing the NASA washcloths.

Screenshot of Chris Hadfield showing the NASA washcloths.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Partha April 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I was wondering what time Chris has on his watch, is there a time zone they set it to?

Clay Campbell April 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

They are on GMT I believe.

briansheen April 19, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Sure is – technically UT – but in reality GMT. This of course allows all astronomers to know what is happening and when.

Woodrow Wotan April 18, 2013 at 7:53 PM

PLEASE SOMEONE ship up to dear Commander Hadfield one clip-on wireless mic that even the POOREST CBS late-night talkshow host uses.

Ciru April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

No way. The floating microphone is my favourite thing about these videos!

Brent Bozo April 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Neat experiment,shouldn’t it been more confined though,There was a lot water
droplets that got away,Cant the interior of the ISS corrode not to mention all
the electrical connections possible shorting ? Or is the Interior of the ISS
wash-an-wear an water tight in all aspects ?

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