Have you ever wondered how things happen in space? The near-vacuum between celestial objects has always aroused curiosity. Scientists now have the means to discover myriad space mysteries that are not yet known to mankind. Several interesting space videos shared by astronomers and scientists have gone viral on social media platforms.
One such video has been shared by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield. This video, first shared in 2013, has recently caught the attention of many.
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The interesting video shows Chris doing a simple experiment with wet towels in space. The Wonder of Science page had shared the video of the astronaut wrapping the towel with the text, “This is what happens when you take out a wet towel floating in space”.
Due to the lack of gravity, the water from the towel does not fall on the ground. Instead, it forms a ‘tube’ around it.
Another tweet shared by Wonder of Science gives more details about the video. It read, “The experiment conducted by astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station, designed by high school students from Nova Scotia, won a national science competition organized by the Canadian Space Agency”.
The post shared by the space agency reads, “Drawing water on the ISS – for science. 2013-04-16 – CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield conducts a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner.”
According to the transcript attached to the video, Chris said, “Meredith and Kendra suggested I did it in a bag, but the bags don’t know the water in the space. So instead, I filled the bag with water. Drink in it.” And I’m going to put a bunch of water in this washcloth. Okay so here’s a damp wet washcloth, I’ll bring the microphone so you can hear me when I’m talking and now let’s get it out Let’s start. It’s really wet.”
“If I drop the cloth carefully, the water sticks to my hand”, he said.
It’s like “Jell-O on your hand or gel on your hand” and is described as an “amazing moisturizer.”
He further mentions that the washcloth “just floats in there, like a dog chewing toy, drenching wet”.
Watch the viral video here:
This is what happens when you squeeze a wet towel while floating in space.
Notably, Chris is noted as the first Canadian to perform paranormal activity in space.