It’s no surprise that things happen a bit differently in space than they do down here on Earth. But this new ‘sport’ might just take the cake.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly celebrated his 300th straight day in space by demonstrating what happens when you combine hydrophobic (water-repellant) paddles, microgravity, and a drop of water.
The result? Well, I’ll let you decide.
Kelly has spent the longest consecutive time in space of any U.S. astronaut thus far, and still has some time left on the ISS. At the end of NASA’s One-Year Mission he will have spent a total of 342 days up there, along with his pal Mikhail Kornienko. The two are collecting vital data to help researchers and NASA engineers design and support even longer missions. The hope is that one day NASA will be able to send astronauts deep into space for even longer periods of time.
Playing ping pong with a water droplet is not part of their assigned data collecting, but you know what they say—”All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
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