Bowling ball and feather falling in world’s largest vacuum chamber
BBC ran a great segment demonstrating two objects falling in a vacuum at the same rate. The experiment was conducted in NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio and used a bowling ball and a feather to demonstrate the remarkable principle of physics.
The facility used for this experiment, a space simulation chamber, is the world’s largest vacuum chamber. Originally built to be a nuclear test chamber, the huge room has thick concrete and aluminum walls and a huge series of pumps used to create the outerspace-like environment. To create the vacuum, the doors to the facility are sealed and air is pumped out until only about 2 grams of air are left inside the gigantic chamber (yep, there’s no oxygen in that room so entering without astronaut gear is a huge no-no).
Watch a snippet of the video below or check out BBC’s full length story here.
NOTE: SORRY GUYS. BBC (BRITISH BROADCASTING COMPANY) MADE US PULL THE VIDEO DESPITE THE EXCELLENT SCIENCE LESSON. APPARENTLY THEY OWN ALL RIGHTS TO FALLING BOWLING BALLS AND FEATHERS IN ADDITION TO BEING THE WORLD’S BIGGEST JERKS. YOU NOW HAVE TWO OPTIONS (1) STOMP YOUR FEET AND THROW A FIT (2) WRITE THEM AND TELL THEM THAT REEKO IS A SCIENCE GOD AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING HE WANTS.