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Reference videos: Onboard performance by ISS crews

Last Updated: February 7, 2019

JAXA and ISS International Partners provide many space experiment videos for use in classroom. For your reference, below is a list of some space experiment videos performed by onboard crews that may help you to develop your thoughts.

Other Try Zero-G performed in Japanese language (with English subtitles) (2009- JAXA)

JAXA astronauts perform various science and physics experiments while onboard the space station. Below themes were proposed by Japanese people.

Try Zero-G performed by astronaut Koichi Wakata in 2014

  • Experiments with spinning tops
  • Experiments about mass
  • Experiments with paper-copters

Try Zero-G performed by astronaut Soichi Noguchi in 2010

Video 1
  • Looking for the center of gravity
  • The Law of Conservation of Momentum
  • The Law of Action and Reaction
  • Different kind of positions
  • Spinning water tank
Video 2
  • Spinning of objects and air resistance
  • Principle of rockets
  • Bernoulli's principle
  • Mixing air and liquid
  • Seiza and cartwheels

Try Zero-G performed by astronaut Koichi Wakata in 2009

Video page
  • Law of Action and Reaction
  • Law of Conservation of Momentum
  • How a paper plane flies in Zero Gravity
  • When the speed is added to a kendama ball...
  • Search for the center of gravity
  • Where will the magnetic needle point in Zero Gravity?
  • What does happen when mixing oil and water?
  • Forming the shape of a heart using a rope, tying a rope, jumping rope

Learning with Astronauts "The Structure of the Human Body" (JAXA)

Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide tries various body postures and comments on the differences between doing them on orbit and on Earth.

Saturday Morning Science (2003 NASA)

While onboard the space station as Expedition 6 NASA Science Officer in 2003, astronaut Don Pettit used his free time to show students of all ages various science subjects. His series of demonstrations are called "Saturday Morning Science." Videos embedded in the below website introduce a series of microgravity experiments using water.

Video page (NASA website)
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  • Antacid tablet reacting in a water sphere in space
  • Astronaut demos drinking coffee in space
  • Convection in a microgravity environment
  • Crystalization on thin water films in microgravity
  • Diffusion on thin water films in microgravity
  • Internal droplet collisions in water sphere in space
  • Marangoni convection in microgravity
Reference: Saturday Morning Science: Elastic Water on the ISS (NASA website)

International Toys in Space (2002 NASA)

ISS Expedition 5 crewmembers took familiar toys such as a soccer ball, jump rope, slinky, marbles, and even Japanese kendama and origami to space in order to demonstrate basic physics principles in microgravity. As many as 16 themes were performed whose videos can be seen below.

International Toys in Space Video Resource Guide (Grades 5-12) (NASA website)
Reference: International Toys in Space (NASA website)

Toys in Space 2 (1993 NASA)

Astronauts from the STS-54 Mission explain how microgravity and weightlessness in space affects motion by using both mechanical and nonmechanical toys.

Teaching from Space (NASA)

Astronauts demonstrate space experiments and explain the phenomena seen in microgravity.

Angular Momentum (2011 NASA YouTube)
Gyroscopes (2011 NASA YouTube)
Volume and Mass (2012 NASA YouTube)
Acceleration Inside the International Space Station During a Reboost (NASA YouTube)

Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science! (2013 CSA)

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Chris Hadfield performs a simple science experiment designed by high school students.

Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science! (CSA Website)

PromISSe educational experiments (2012 ESA)

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers demonstrates how convection and foams differ under the influence of gravity compared to the microgravity environment on the ISS. (Age range: 10 - 14 years old)

Video page (ESA website)

Teach with Space (ESA)

ESA lays educational videos open for secondary school students that illustrate physics and chemistry, and link them to space applications. (Age range: 14 - 18 years old)

Video page (Barycentric balls - orbits and the centre of mass) (2015 ESA website)
Reference: Teach with Space (ESA website)

Other resources

Water Glove in Space (NASA YouTube)
4K Video of Colorful Liquid in Space (2015 NASA YouTube)
Space Coffee Cup: Capillary Flow Driven Fluids in Space (NASA YouTube)
Sloshing in space (2017 ESA YouTube)
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