I have to admit that this is a question that I’ve never really considered before but when I heard it I was like ‘yeah, what DOES happen when you wring out a washcloth in space?’ You know because of all that zero gravity stuff going on up there something really freaky was bound to happen with all that water right?
Well yeah, you would be right. I’m not gonna tell you what happens because it would kind of spoil your enjoyment of the video but it is actually pretty cool, even if it’s nothing more than a glorified science lesson. It’s really cool seeing the astronaut floating around the space station too, and an especially nice touch is that the microphone is floating just in front of his face the whole time.
The astronaut himself is a guy called Chris Hadfield and he’s a really good presenter too – he kind of reminds me a bit of Walter White – and not boring at all like you might imagine most astronauts would probably be after being stuck in space with nothing to do for however long they’ve been up there. As cool as going to space sounds I don’t think I would want to live in a space station for a year or whatever doing experiments with ants and hand towels or whatever.
It’s also really funny how he keeps referring to this video as an experiment. I know it is kinda but it just kinda sounds like something you would hear in high school to describe some really lame activity you do in your chemistry class or something. To be fair, the whole incident did come about because two high school students in Nova Scotia – Meredith Faulkner and Kendra Lemke, who the astronaut constantly refers to – asked the question and sent it up but it still feels kind of condescending to refer to something as simple as this as an experiment so many times in the video.
It’s also kind of cool to see the kind of hand towels and water that astronauts get up there in space. To be honest they look like they suck – the towels are compressed into a little hockey puck (not sure if this is the same everywhere, or just because these astronauts are Canadian) and the water comes in a really gross looking bag labelled ‘drinking water.’ Ewww.
Anyway check out the video below and find out just what happens when you wring out a washcloth in space. Props to JP again for sending this one in.
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