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Astronauts film a fidget spinner trick video on the ISS

Astronauts film a fidget spinner trick video on the ISS


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I could bore you with loads of pretense about viral internet trends, but I’ve already wasted enough time in this lede sentence without telling you that astronauts aboard the International Space Station just dropped a fidget spinner trick video filmed in zero gravity.

The video, which you can watch above, features astronauts Mark T. Vande Hei, Joseph Acaba, Randy Bresnik, and Paolo Nespoli spinning a NASA-branded fidget spinner while also spinning themselves in the gravity-free environs of the ISS. (Daaads!) There are probably valuable basic physics lessons about friction and Newton’s laws to be gleaned from what they’re doing, but I honestly can’t focus on them because my mind is too affected by the absolutely thumping royalty-free music NASA used for the video.

Astronauts love dad joke stunts — Scott Kelly once chased his co-workers around the space lab in a gorilla suit just months after filming a video of himself in a Mike Myers mask — so it’s no surprise that a fidget spinner found its way to the ISS. Kelly’s even spoken to us about how stuff like this helps lighten the mood on the cramped space station, so this certainly won’t be the last. I don’t know what they’ll do next, but I’d definitely love to watch them try to find a way to make the water bottle flip work.