H2O in space

We all know about the ongoing various space exploration experiments by multiple space agencies and the world’s most renowned one, which is of course NASA. But have you ever been curious to know about what will happen if we wring out a wet cloth in space?

Recently, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield conducted an experiment on the demand of two 10th standard students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner who wanted to know what happens when you wring out a water-soaked washcloth in a zero gravity.

Chris Hadfield, who lives on the International Space Station (ISS) these days, was pleased to entertain the query of these two students and beautifully represented the effect of water in space. For the experiment, he used a tightly circular shaped packed washcloth (which he remarks looks like a hockey puck) on the ISS. Instead of dipping the cloth into a water vessel – which interestingly would not hold water in the space due to zero gravity, he squirted water on the cloth.

Now once he made that cloth watery, he started twisting it out smoothly and later tightly to squeeze out the water as that is usually how the phenomenon works here on Earth. Surprisingly, that did not turn out to be the case in zero gravity. Hadfield kept twisting that cloth but instead of dripping, the water began to roll over his hands and all around the cloth to form a jellylike appearance all over the astronaut’s hand.

Watch this video clip to see the effect of water in space and get a better idea about you have read yet in the above lines.

I loved watching this interesting experimental video by the astronaut! I hope you all liked it and loved reading this article.

 

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