The Kid Should See This

A fidget spinner in space

Fidget spinners are everywhere… including the International Space Station. Watch as NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark T. Vande Hei, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and NASA astronaut in training Joseph M. Acaba spin a fidget spinner in space. The astronauts all go for spins, too. The video’s caption reads:

How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!

Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit.

Explore more videos from the International Space Station: Adding color & fizz to floating water bubbles in microgravity, Wringing out Water on the ISS, and Cooking in Space with ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Plus: Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and more spinning.

Thanks, @Golans_mom.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

A planetary time lapse from the International Space Station

Rion Nakaya

How A Children’s Toy Led To An Essential Medical Device

Rion Nakaya

The science behind spinning 200 hula hoops at once

Rion Nakaya

Why do spinning rings & spinning disks have different paths?

Rion Nakaya

Spinners, a Kaplamino marble run with 10 fidget spinner tricks

Rion Nakaya

Extreme Gs in a centrifuge – Simulating gravity on other planets

Rion Nakaya

Time lapse night view from the International Space Station

Rion Nakaya

The gyroscope

Rion Nakaya

Grand Illusions: The Spiraculum

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe