This Astronaut Plays Ping Pong In Space… You’ll Laugh When You See His ‘Ball.’

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NASA and Roscosmos teamed up last year to send two crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for an ambitious One-Year Mission in space. Note that although the mission is in low-Earth orbit, it is twice as long as typical ones. The objective is to explore how the human body is affected by space exploration, but that doesn't mean the voyagers can't have a little bit of (educational) fun!

To celebrate Day 300, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly has found ways to enjoy and share the unique features of living in space. With microgravity, he's able to pass a 4mL sphere of water between two rough, hydrophobic (water repellant) paddles in what has been called "Liquid Ping Pong." According to NASA Johnson, "the smaller the drop, the harder you can hit it."

Kelly and fellow crew member Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have been documenting their everyday experiences, and will land in Kazakhstan in just a few months.

In the meantime, watch this fascinating video below:


To follow the One-Year Mission, visit the NASA website.

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