An Astronaut Wrings Out A Wet Towel In Space. This Is What Happened Next

A video of an astronaut wringing a wet towel in space has everyone's attention

The clip shows Mr Hadfield wringing a towel in the room.

New Delhi:

Space and its countless secrets have always fascinated mankind. Thanks to technology, it has now become easier to understand and experience different facets of it. An example of this is a video shared by astronaut Chris Hadfield of The Canadian Space Agency showing a simple experiment. The video, which was originally shared in 2013, has gone viral after being redistributed on social media.

Posted to Twitter by the Wonder Of Science page, the clip shows the astronaut discussing what happens when you wring a wet towel in space. The clip shows Mr. Hadfield wringing out the towel. However, due to the lack of gravity instead of the water falling to the floor, it “forms a tube” around the towel. The note, attached to the video, said, “This is what happens when you wring out a wet towel while floating in space. Credit: CSA/NASA.”

To provide more context, a second tweet read: “The experiment, conducted by astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station, was designed by high school students from Nova Scotia who won a national science competition held by the Canadian Space Agency.”

The official post shared by the Canadian Space Agency is titled, “Wringing out water on the ISS – for science.” It added: “2013-04-16 – CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield conducted a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner.”

The transcript accompanying the video quoted Mr. Hadfeild as saying: ‘Meredith and Kendra suggested putting this in a bag, but bags don’t know water in space. So instead I filled a water bag. It has drinking water in it and I’m going to squirt a lot of water into this washcloth. Okay, so here’s a soaking washcloth, I’ll grab the mic so you can hear me talk and let’s – let’s start wringing it out. It’s very wet.”

Mr. Hadfeild further explained: “If I gently let go of the cloth, the water will stick to my hand”, comparing the texture of the water to “jell-o on your hand or gel on your hand” and describing it as a “beautiful moisturizer”.

The washcloth, on the other hand, “just floats there, like a dog chew toy, soaking wet,” he explained.

Watch the video here:

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has served as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and has the distinction of being the first Canadian to conduct the extravehicular activity in space.

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