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Koichi Wakata Does the Off-beat in Experiments in Space

koichi_wakataAstronaut Koichi Wakata, who has been aboard the International Space Station since mid-March, has carried out a series of offbeat space experiments proposed by the Japanese public.


The experiments, which the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has dubbed “Try Zero-G,” consist mainly of physical exercises and gymnastics (including calisthenics, push-ups, flips, twirls, cartwheels, overhead soccer kicks, and swimming). In addition, Wakata practices origami as he folds clothes, rides a “magic carpet,” squirts water from a syringe, puts eyedrops in his eye, and attempts to propel himself through the room by flapping a fan. He also enlists the help of a fellow astronaut for some arm wrestling, hand-shaking, slap sumo, and tug of war. And who says you can’t have fun while fly 17,500 miles an hour around a lump of rock?

For a list complete list of the stunts check out our previous article about Koichi Wakata.