Scott Kelly Spends three hundredth Day in Area Enjoying Ping Pong With a Water Droplet

Thursday marked the three hundredth day of astronaut Scott Kelly’s historic yr-lengthy keep on the Worldwide Area Station, and he celebrated in suitably spacey type: bouncing a sphere of water round like a ping pong ball.

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The paddles are etched with a particular hydrophobic sample, then coated in teflon — inflicting water droplets like this one to bounce proper off as an alternative of creating the paddles moist. As Kelly demonstrates, this implies a droplet may be bounced forwards and backwards with ease.

This fascinating phenomenon was filmed in extremely-excessive definition or 4K, with 4 occasions the pixels as a traditional 1080p video. So in case you’ve acquired a 4K TV, you are in for a deal with — everybody else should make do with odd full HD.

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Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are each spending a full yr on the ISS, affording researchers a great opportunity to carry out lengthy-time period experiments on them. Climate and different elements allowing, the ISS’s longest-time period residents will return to Earth in early March.