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June 17, 2002

Popping a water balloon in microgravity

POP!. "Did you ever wonder what it would be like to see a water balloon pop in space?" NASA researchers popped some water balloons on the "vomit comet," the modified 747 used to simulate microgravity. These downloadable movies show what it looked like. Popping a water balloon on Earth is not very interesting - it goes like this: (1) Pop! (2) Big mess - but in microgravity it's a fascinating and complex process. Neat stuff.
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