Watch Astronaut Scott Kelly Play Liquid Ping Pong in Space.

Friday, 22 January 2016 - 5:55PM
Weird Science
Friday, 22 January 2016 - 5:55PM
Watch Astronaut Scott Kelly Play Liquid Ping Pong in Space.
Today marks Astronaut Scott Kelly's 300th day aboard the International Space Station. Kelly is about two months away from the end of his special year-long mission in space, which means he has just enough time to explore all the possible ways to have fun in zero gravity.

This week's installment: Space Ping Pong!

The best thing about Space Ping Pong? You don't actually need a partner to play. On Thursday, Kelly played a game of ping pong with himself using a small, floating drop of water and two hydrophobic paddles. It was less high-speed, high-intensity, and more "woah, how is this even happening!?!?!", but still pretty epic to watch.


Kelly is all set to re-enter Earth in the spring of 2016, and in the meantime, is tasked with testing new technologies to see how they fare in zero gravity. It may not have been noticeable in the video, but the hydrophobic paddles Kelly used in his game came complete with laser-etched surfaces sprayed with Teflon (that wonderful non-stick coating that helps your eggs slide off your pans so easily). The combination of Teflon and etching is what allows the paddles to repel water most effectively, creating that super-cool "bouncing" effect.....Now all we need is a ride to the International Space Station, and we can join in the fun.
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