Astronauts Are So Smart They Can Generate Electricity in Space Using Lego

Astronaut Don Pettit has a knack for making life on the space station seem like more fun than you can ever have on Earth. And recently he used the station's Lego collection for some entertaining makeshift experiments with static electricity.

Using nothing more than the colorful bricks and some high-tech looking tinfoil scavenged from the station, Pettit built a functional Van der Graaf generator capable of generating an impressive 30,000 volts. Of course, that's not enough current to cause any serious damage, but it's certainly more than enough to shock and annoy his fellow orbital passengers. [YouTube]

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I was amused for most of this. Then he turned out the lights so we could see the static charges being produced.

All I could see was what looked like the reflection of the stars from outside a window. Then I really wanted him to aim the camera out the window. why is he wasting time with Lego when he could be staring at the universe?