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Today's NASA YouTube Feature: Where is Down?

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
February 15, 2007

Editor’s note: They say that cats always land on their feet (at least mine do – so far) when you drop them. But what happens when there is no “down” to guide them as they fall? I am not sure what the context of this video is – i.e. under what conditions they decided to fly a cat on a series of parabolic flights. And I am certain that the cat was probably rather freaked out (these are clearly not cat people). Indeed, the folks on this flight are wearing blue suits i.e. NASA. I wonder if this was just a stunt – a rather bad cruel one at that (from the cat’s perspective). That said, the cat’s reactions to freefall are interesting.

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