Zero Gravity Physics

This T-Handle can wobble and turn in mid air, but how does it work? If you're like me you're wishing you paid more attention in physics class. It turns out the answer is relatively simple.

It all has to do with a concept known as "the moment of inertia." This is what causes the T-handle to flip and rotate around an axis. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station were demonstrating this concept when they shot this video. You can try this for yourself, you just have to figure out the "getting to space" part on your own.

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+2 1. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

I used to think (probably because I did this in a dream once) that I could jump into the air and by making a quick walking action while off the ground that I could stay up off the ground (I'm talking none chicken now). Now I appreciate this may be one of my stages of insanity (I've lost count before you ask) But I am curious as to whether anyone else has experienced this. Like a deja vu sensation? :)
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+8 2. sux2bu commented 5 years ago

Nope just you. :D
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+1 3. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

I'm sorry I haven't had this kind of experience before #1, although it sounds really cool. :O <3
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+1 4. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#2 Kinda thought so! :S #3 Sometimes I have to try it, to see if I can actually do it, usually disappointed, often embarrassed in Starbucks :S :squirrel:
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+3 5. Natan_el_Tigre commented 5 years ago

#1 I couldn't help but think of Curly when you described that:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9rwF2khUIY
Do you make the "woo-woo-woo-woo" noises too? :x
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+6 6. loadrunner commented 5 years ago

If you imagine this with a rotating planet you also understand why it has seasons, it flips to its original position and back.
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+1 7. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

Just be careful when you do this #4, the snotr "family" is worried about you getting hurt and become a snotr casualty.. >:) <3
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+3 8. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#5 Hey how did you know ...NO! #7 Worry not, if it ever works I'll keep to a sensible height and wouldn't get carried away as apposed to when it doesn't work when I regularly get carried away, by cops >:) :squirrel:
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-1 9. CiF commented 5 years ago

#6 ahahahahahhahahah you make NO sense :D ahahah and I see how you get this false idea, you should really learn to think a bit more tho !