Monday, November 11, 2013

In space teardrops don’t stream from your eyes

When you are writing a speech it’s easy to assume incorrectly that things are universal for any audience. Everything always will work the same way as it did back home.

Last week I saw the 3D version of the space disaster movie Gravity. At one point Sandra Bullock cries, and her teardrops move out toward the audience. The computer generated imagery is very impressive, but I had a nagging suspicion that it wasn’t right.

When I got home I found the YouTube video shot on the International Spece Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (shown above) with what actually would happen. 

Chris also has another video about what happens when you try to wring out a soaking wet washcloth. It’s very different from down here on earth. You get a tube of water stuck to both hands. 

The row of teardrops were Photoshopped from this image.

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