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Watch What Happens When You Add Dye To A Floating Ball Of Water On The ISS


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2914 Watch What Happens When You Add Dye To A Floating Ball Of Water On The ISS

Another day and another incredible post from NASA. This video shows more astronauts messing around with liquids on board the International Space Station.

A few months ago, we saw Terry Virts releasing a ball of floating water and an antacid tablet into it. In this newly released video, we see astronauts inserting dye into floating balls of water. Simple, yet spectacularly elegant.


The RED Epic Dragon camera used for this footage is cable of shooting resolutions of up to 6,144 x 3,160 pixels and 300 frames per second. It was also the same camera used for The Hobbit trilogy and is commercially available – if you’ve got a modest $57,805 (£38,000) lying around. The camera’s unbelievable quality means it’s able to capture even more information that can aid the astronauts with scientific investigations. Back home on Earth at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA is looking into using the cameras for vehicle operations such as docking and undocking.

NASA is also working on posting 4K videos from the ISS to its YouTube channel every few weeks. 

Make sure you watch the video in 4K quality if you’re using a screen capable of displaying it by clicking the settings cog in the bottom right of the player, it’s worth the download time.




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