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Astronauts Playing With Floating Water Blobs is the Most Mesmerizing Thing You’ll See Today

posted: 10/12/15
by: Danny Clemens

Here on Earth, the sight of an effervescent tablet being added to water is nothing special. In microgravity, however, the small chemical reaction is a spectacle, as evidenced by new footage from the International Space Station:

 

The newly released video is so mesmerizing thanks in part to the Epic Dragon, the advanced 4K camera used to shoot it. First delivered to the ISS earlier this year, Epic Dragon is capable of shooting with six times more detail than other cameras aboard the space station.

"The cameras are being evaluated for capturing science data and vehicle operations," the agency explains in a news release. "The higher resolution images and higher frame rate videos can reveal more information when used on science investigations, giving researchers a valuable new tool aboard the space station."

Although you'll need a special monitor to get the full 4K experience, the high-definition footage still looks pretty remarkable on a standard screen.

NASA now maintains a YouTube playlist of 4K footage shot aboard the ISS.

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