Walk in space
A charming sequence filmed from inside the International Space Station shows what happens to astronauts inside as the spacecraft fires its thrusters.
That’s cool on its own, but it’s also a terrific demonstration of Newtonian physics. Indeed, instead of the astronauts moving around inside the ISS, the video that the European Space Agency posted on YouTube shows the ISS in motion while the crew remains suspended in microgravity.
“During the maneuver, the astronauts inside the station continue to fly at the same speed and in the same direction,” ESA said of the minute-long clip . “While it looks like the astronauts are moving around inside the station, it’s actually the ISS getting a boost and moving around them. »
The maneuver is all the more exciting as it is astronaut Matthias Maure’s first mission to the space station, and the Expedition 66 crew line up behind him to tuck their knees in while the ‘ISS is moving, giving a sort of super slow out-of-world ride (and, it should be noted, the ESA says the video was also sped up 8 times…).
In slow motion
The video may also lend credence to the interpretation that Russia’s chief cosmonaut left Roscosmos because there was not enough work for him to do on the ISS. If the members of the different teams have time to float for fun, it is reasonable to think that they are working overtime to fill their down time.
Regardless of the cultural implications of this clip — like the fact that Earth war even affects life in space — it still brings a smile. It is beneficial to know that wherever we are, the fundamental human experience of having fun is not in danger of disappearing.