Koichi Wakata in Space! (EXPERIMENTS IN FLUID DYNAMICS)
Updates from Low Earth Orbit
JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata (Wiki here), the newly installed Commander of the International Space Station, is an excellent space resource. From 250 miles (400km) above the earth in his ISS residence, he broadcasts entertaining and informative Tweets and photos, and, in cooperation with other ISS crew members and JAXA staff here on the ground, produces weekly, bi-lingual YouTube updates.
JAXA's ISS YouTube Update Vol. 23:
Due to like, you know, being in space and all, video production and delivery times can vary, and there's sometimes a bit of a backlog and or time delay (and the ISS has been super busy for the past month or so... new commander, switching from mission 38 to 39, various space stuff, etc.). As such, this video was shot and produced before Astronaut Wakata became Commander Wakata, but nonetheless is new to us here on earth.
In Vol. 23, Commander Wakata is working with NASA ground staff to conduct fluid dynamics experiments. There might not be a whole lot of action and zero-g space antics going on in this video, but it does provide an excellent example of how ISS astronauts spend a lot of their time.
In this case, ground-based observers and Commander Wakata are working toward the goal of developing new and more effective ways to deal with fluids in space - because without gravity, fluids become unruly.
Multimedia: JAXA; NASA; FSA; Koichi Wakata
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