Some crazy shenanigans with a fidget spinner aboard the International Space Station are making the rounds on the Internet.
The fidget spinner fad has officially reached space, as astronauts aboard the International Space Station recorded themselves doing some pretty interesting tricks in zero gravity with the popular toy. Video of the tricks is embedded at the bottom of this post, which was uploaded to the Twitter account of astronaut Randy Bresnik.
Bresnick has been busy doing spacewalks and taking selfies in space, but he decided to have a little fun with a fidget spinner, tweeting video of some fidget spinner “experiments” on the ISS. The video shows the spinner floating and spinning quickly, which it is able to do better in space because of the lack of gravity and friction.
Several members of the crew get in on the fun, doing some body rolls along with the fidget spinner. They noted it’s a great way to see Newton’s laws of motion in action.
“A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!” Bresnik wrote in a note that was posted on the ISS Facebook page. “Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit.”
A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion! pic.twitter.com/5xIJDs2544
— Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) October 13, 2017