September 9, 2011

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Can an Astronaut Move Like a Falling Cat?

In 1968, Professor Thomas R. Kane conducted an experiment to see if astronauts could move like falling cats. A photographer for LIFE Magazine, Ralph Crane, documented his results, and here we’ve turned them into a stop-motion video. Alexis Madrigal goes into the science of it in a post for The Atlantic:

Two things to say here. First, OMG this is so awesome! Second, Kane’s work was part of a major movement in science to understand biological beings in the new context of space. New types of scientists began to think about biology and they brought new methods and ways of thinking. The key thought was: organisms are like machines, so we can test them like machines to deduce their capabilities and breaking points.

Via Michelle Legro and How to Be a Retronaut.

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