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Name of Image: Video- Demonstrations of Stable and Unstable Solid Body Rotation on the International Space Station (ISS)
MIX #: 0601208
NIX #: 0601208 MSFC-0601208
Date of Image: 2003-08-03
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Full Description: Saturday Morning Science, the science of opportunity series of applied experiments and demonstrations, performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) by Expedition 6 astronaut Dr. Don Pettit, revealed some remarkable findings. In this video clip, Pettit demonstrates stable and unstable modes for solid body rotation on the ISS. Using a hard cover textbook, he demonstrates that it will rotate stably about the longest and shortest axis, which represent the maximum and minimum movements of Inertia. Trying to rotate the book around an intermediate axis results in an unstable rotation in which the book appears to flip-flop while it rotates.
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Keywords: Saturday Morning Science, Pettit, Video, Solid Body Rotation, International Space Station, ISS
MSFC Negative Number: 0601208
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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