Friday, November 14, 2008

Popping a Water Balloon in Zero Gravity

I heard them talk about this on Science Friday while I was driving home from work. It looks as cool as I hoped it might.
About ten years ago, two scientists had a little extra time on board NASA's low gravity aircraft and came up with the idea of popping water balloons. Mechanical engineers Seth Lichter, of Northwestern University, and Mark Weislogel, of Portland State University, use the floating water balls to explain some basic principles of physics.

What did you think of the video? Footage courtesy of NASA and Mark Weislogel. Music by SYNTHAR. Produced by Flora Lichtman.

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