February 19, 2014

We Live in an Age

...where wonders undreamt of in previous times are possible.

Like a video of Kate Upton doing a swimsuit photo shoot in zero -gee.

 (Link NSFW, obviously)

Spoiler: It looks like this...

...but different.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 12:25 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Science!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Feb 19 09:40:16 2014 (PiXy!)

2 That's not a very nice thing to do to that cat.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Feb 19 16:00:15 2014 (+rSRq)

3 I'm only surprised someone didn't draw back a bloody stump from that stunt.  My cats would be spinning balls of claws if that happened to them.

Posted by: Mitch H. at Thu Feb 20 10:52:23 2014 (jwKxK)

4 I have heard for many years a possibly apocryphal story that the video source of the .gif is usually cut short of the point that the experiment became a study of human blood in freefall.

In any event, Jerry Pournelle relates this anecdote....

And prior to (the) Mercury (program) we hadn't any real experience at all. We flew transport planes in parabolic courses that might give as much as 30 seconds of almost-zero-g, and that was all we knew. I will not soon forget some of our early low-g experiments. Some genius wanted to know how a cat oriented: visual cues, or a gravity sensor? The obvious way to find out was to take a cat up in an airplane, fly the plane in a parabolic orbit, and observe the cat during the short period of zero-g.

It made sense. Maybe. It didn't make enough that anyone would authorize a large airplane for the experiment, so a camera was mounted in a small fighter (perhaps a T-bird; I forget), and the cat was carried along in the pilot's lap. A movie was made of the whole run.

The film, I fear, doesn't tell us how a cat orients. It shows the pilot frantically trying to tear the cat off his arm, and the cat just as violently resisting. Eventually the cat was broken free and let go in mid-air, where it seemed magically (teleportation? or not really zero gravity in the plane? no one knows) to move, rapidly, straight back to the pilot, claws outstretched. This time there was no tearing it loose at all. The only thing I learned from the film is that cats (or this one anyway) don't like zero gravity, and think human beings are the obvious point of stability to cling to...

From A STEP FARTHER OUT by Jerry Pournelle, 1979

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Feb 20 19:55:48 2014 (DnAJl)

5 This gif is from later, we know because of the women. The earlier experiment were men-only.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Feb 20 20:37:19 2014 (+rSRq)

6 Oh yes. Dr. Pournelle's example took place in a fighter as well. The point was that NASA conducted at least two experiments that seem to imply that taking cats into space is contra-indicated.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Feb 21 02:56:23 2014 (DnAJl)

7 By contrast, dogs don't seem to have much of a problem.
While finding that, I spotted another amusing/horrifying "do a barrel roll" video (I'd seen this one before; skip to about 1:50.)

Posted by: RickC at Fri Feb 21 14:27:12 2014 (ECH2/)

8 The cats in this video didn't seem to do do badly.  There's even a few seconds of pigeons flying.

Posted by: RickC at Fri Feb 21 14:35:38 2014 (ECH2/)

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