Photos: Gravity experiments in space

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Microgravity demonstrations are often done to share the excitement of space with the public

Source:  NASA/JAXA

Microgravity demonstrations are often done to share the excitement of space with the public

In 2008, astronaut Takao Doi threw a boomerang to see whether it would return to its pitcher. It did, since boomerangs' looping paths result from uneven forces on the curved devices exerted by the air they travel through – not the influence of gravity.

Earlier in 2009, astronaut Koichi Wakata performed a series of tasks suggested by the public that included riding a flying carpet, folding clothes, and applying eye drops.

 

The International Space Station may still be under construction, but microgravity research has been under way for decades. Here is a round-up of some of the most notable experiments.
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