Ping Pong With Water Drops Is Another Cool Thing That Happens In Space

There’s a long, long list of fun things to do in zero gravity, but when you spend an entire year in space, you probably get quite bored. That’s where space ping-pong with water droplets and hydrophobic paddles comes in.

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Commander Scott Kelly has spent nearly an entire year in space as part of an experiment on the long-term effects of zero gravity on the body. In has latest video, he shows how a pair of hydrophobic paddles can be used to guide a droplet of water around inside the International Space Station. Surface tension keeps the droplet of water together, while the hydrophobic paddles repel the water when it comes into contact.

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Chick Counterfly

Man, I hope they have some better games than that to play when they’re bored... In fact, what games do, or rather can, they play in Zero G? I imagine any dice-based board game couldn’t work. Hungry Hungry Hippos would be a disaster.

Can a person even really shuffle a deck of cards in space? Ok, down the rabbit hole:

(Ok, that was a weird video for a lot of reasons and seems like maybe it was deleted scene from LOST.)

So, yes, it’s possible, but I imagine trying to play would be difficult what with the individual cards always kind of floating away.

A magnetic chess board or video games are the only things I can imagine would safely work. I mean, they have to do something that’s social and fun during down time.

Any clues? I’d love to read an article on it,