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Expedition 35 Landing Image

Image credit to NASA

The space journey of three of NASA’s astronauts ended yesterday on May 14th, 2013 at 10:31P.M. EDT, as Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, and Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA landed their Soyuz TMA-07M Russian spacecraft safely on earth in a remote location outside Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 35 Landing

Image credit to NASA

These three astronauts arrived at the International Space Station last year on Dec 21st, as the Expedition 34/35 team and spent 144 days living and working on a zero gravity orbit in space. Commander Chris Hadfield delightedly handed over the charge of the international science laboratory to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and other flight engineers Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin who are scheduled to live onboard the International Space Station till September 2013. The talented Hadfield also made some interesting videos during his 5-month stay onboard the ISS, the latest one being a cover of Space Oddity by David Bowie. The video has gone viral garnering close to 10 million views in a span of just 2 days!

In a further briefing the NASA has announced that the undocking brought Expedition 35 to an end and marked the start of Expedition 36 under the command of Pavel Vinogradov. Currently onboard the station, Vinogradov, Cassidy and Misurkin will continue working for the time being as three more members will join them shortly with the docking scheduled on May 28th. To know more about Expedition 35’s experiences and to watch its landing video visit www.nasa.gov.

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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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