weightless acrobatics

Astronaut Al Bean on Skylab 3. A trained springboard diver.

A great way to see how “tilt twist” works.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Trampoline Pundit)


#1 Vadim on 10.24.13 at 3:16 am

Wow! Thanks. It was fun to watch.

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#3 David Adlard on 10.24.13 at 10:43 am

I am SO jealous! That would be amazing! We were born 100 years too soon, I think!

#4 Hannah on 10.24.13 at 5:10 pm

Quite funny Rick… I was so excited I watched the clip before reading your post…

And I was sitting here going “uh… NO WAY do ‘civilians’ know how to twist like that – he must have been a trained gymnast or diver”

Only then did I got to re-read your comment “Astronaut Al Bean on Skylab 3. A trained springboard diver”.

I’m so glad he was up there – I know everyone in the world would jump at the opportunity to be weightless, but it’s probably just a little more fabulous to see someone who can take such good advantage of it!

I think gymnasts and divers probably wish their whole lives to have the chance to slow down time and mess with gravity to perfect their technique!!

This was a great link!

#5 Geoffrey Taucer on 10.24.13 at 6:32 pm

I wonder whether someday in the future, gymnasts will attend training camps in orbit. It would certainly be an excellent training tool!

#6 Luke Wiwatowski on 10.24.13 at 8:12 pm

Fantastic stuff. This is always a great point of conversation with many engineers I know.

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