One very important problem in space is how do we measure and maintain the direction of the spacecraft? Well, we use gyroscopes. These instruments use conservation of angular momentum (discussed in a separate clip) and in this demonstration Richard explains how they were used on Soyuz and on the ISS.

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Getting ready for the mission involved Richard testing his body to the extreme

Tags: Training, Diet, Bones, Gravity, Health, Common

Liquids do funny things in space, so what happens when you fancy having a drink?

Tags: Drinking, Science, Fluids, Gravity, Common

In this demonstration we can observe what happens to water in the absence of gravity

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To create artworks unlike any that could be made on Earth, Richard built a paint box

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What happens when we mix two different liquids in space?

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Mould is all over planet Earth, but what about in space?

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You’ll never think of a snack the same way again

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So, how do you go to bed in space?

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Busting a new move in micro gravity

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Mould is all over planet Earth, but what about in space?

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Richard uses a simple demonstration to show conservation of angular momentum occurring in space.

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In this demonstration you can see magnets in space interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field

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Momentum is conserved, even in space

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Richard retakes the same pictures his father took to show how the Earth has changed in just one generation

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Would you get fizzy drinks in space?

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It’s much easier in your bathroom at home

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Richard was a human guinea pig for lots of medical experiments

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Pick up a towel and fly

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In space you can communicate with people on Earth using Radio signals

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There is no wind in space

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Water is vital to life, and in space it is beautiful

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