Fun, Games, and Newtonian Physics in Space

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Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin is an engineer and astronaut whose work with fiber optics sensors has been applied to the safety and integrity of space vehicles and supports the ongoing development of aerospace and civil health monitoring systems.

Like us down here on Earth, the astronauts on the International Space Station can’t work 24 hours a day. So what do they do up there for fun? Luckily, the zero gravity environment gives them a unique opportunity to goof around, as well as learn some important lessons in newtonian dynamics.