Saturday, November 08, 2014

Astronauts Play with GoPro in a Floating Bubble

What does the view look like from inside a water bubble

Earlier this year, astronauts on the International Space Station completely submersed a GoPro video recorder inside a water bubble

The crew pushed a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water, about the size of a grapefruit, and filmed the results from both the GoPro and other cameras.  With its typical flair for efficient language, Nasa described the process as an ‘experiment’, explaining: ‘During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, Nasa astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station.’ 

In layman’s terms, three guys screwed around with a GoPro.  The footage shows Wiseman and Swanson making the ball by releasing water into the weightlessness of the space station. Wiseman then simply pushes the GoPro into the mass of water.

Getting the camera into the bubble proved easier than getting it out. The water, without gravity to pin it to one particular place, covers everything it touches – the camera, the astronauts’ hands, the other cameras they’re using, everything.

Hopefully, they’ve mopped it all up by now.

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