The zero-gravity environment inside the International Space Station gives astronauts ample opportunity to have a little fun--as seen in this new space bubbles video in which NASA astronaut Don Pettit builds some bubbles.
Pettit isn't content with ordinary bubbles familiar to Earth-based bubble blowers. Using a hypodermic syringe, he creates bubbles inside a sphere of water--bubbles inside bubbles.
The sphere of water Pettit toys with in the video is actually an antibubble—a droplet of liquid surrounded by a thin film of air.
"So that’s like a thick spherical shell of water," he says. Then he drops a bubble inside. "Oh wow, look at that."
The demonstration was recorded this month as part of Pettit's physics-in-space video series Science off the Sphere.
In the video, Pettit points out that the bubble floats to the center of the sphere and then asks: When the water sphere rotates, why do the bubbles center themselves?
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