February 19, 2014
Like a video of Kate Upton doing a swimsuit photo shoot in zero -gee.
(Link NSFW, obviously)
Spoiler: It looks like this...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Feb 19 09:40:16 2014 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Feb 19 16:00:15 2014 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Mitch H. at Thu Feb 20 10:52:23 2014 (jwKxK)
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)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Feb 20 20:37:19 2014 (+rSRq)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Feb 21 02:56:23 2014 (DnAJl)
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/)
Posted by: RickC at Fri Feb 21 14:35:38 2014 (ECH2/)
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