A group of Grade 10 students from Nova Scotia had an out-of-this-world experience Tuesday when Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed an experiment the students designed.
Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, both Grade 10 students from Lockview High School in Fall River, designed the experiment.
Their project won a National Canadian Space Agency contest that asked young Canadians to design a simple experiment that Hadfield could perform in space using items already available aboard the International Space Station.
Lemke and Faulkner’s experiment, "wring it out," investigated the effects of weightlessness on the reaction of water after being wrung out of a soaked washcloth.
Their hypothesis that the water would not drip in microgravity but rather remain on the washcloth was correct. In the absence of gravity to pull the water down, it took a shake or a quick squeeze from Hadfield for the washcloth to release the water.
Since arriving at the ISS in December Hadfield has conducted more than 130 experiments with his crewmates.