Phenomena

Inside a Water Blob

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This new video from the Space Station shows once again that astronauts have the most fun job on–or off–the planet. In it, the Expedition 40 crew members submerge a GoPro camera in a microgravity water blob. Here on Earth, we’re used to surface tension being a minor or secondary force with most fluids we experience daily. This is because gravity often provides the overwhelming effect. But in microgravity, those effects are absent, and forces like surface tension and adhesion dominate water’s behavior. This both why the crew can make such a large water sphere hold together, and why one astronaut eventually gets his hands stuck in the sphere.  (Video credit: NASA; submitted by jshoer)

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