A video clip of astronaut Scott Kelly shows clearly how he went back and forth playfully with a water droplet in the zero gravity of space. He was aboard the ISS when he played ping pong with the liquid droplet.
Astronauts on board the ISS have their leisure time when they have to remain preoccupied with one pastime or another. Now, they seem to have come up with an entirely new sport.
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Termed water ping pong, it consists of catapulting a spherical droplet of water between two ping pong paddles. This game does not take a pool of water nor is it anything kinky to begin with.
It just requires the zero gravity vacuum of space and two paddles to send the water droplet on its path back and forth between them.
Astronaut Scott Kelly decided to commemorate his 300th day in outer space by adding water-repellant paddles, low gravitational forces and a single drop of H2O in the mix.
What you got was a interesting game in the harsh conditions of space. And what a game it was. The very sight of the ball of water going to and fro between the paddles held in Kelly’s hands is something delightful to behold.
Kelly has spent a long time in space. Longer than any other astronaut of his caliber. It is just 30 more days before he returns to earth. The man is dying to meet his family and friends.
It will have been a total of 342 days by the time he returns to his own planet. His Russian space buddy, Mikhail Kornienko was by his side every step of the way.
The two developed a great deal of camaraderie while they were together aboard the ISS. However, no one has broken the record number of days spent in space by an astronaut.
This marvelous feat was accomplished by the Russian Valery Polyakov in the mid 90s. He remained for a total of 438 days in space aboard the Mir Space Station. A backbreaking task indeed.
Such lengthy missions have the goal of collecting vital data via experiments. That is so as to increase the chances of sending astronauts into the depths of space one day.
Meanwhile, Kelly enjoyed some fun time playing water ping pong aboard the ISS. And while it was not strictly in accordance with official protocol, you have to break up the monotony of an isolated existence. Especially while you are stuck in a limited area so many miles away from home.
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