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G-CPTN
21st Mar 2008, 20:57
When I first saw the headline, I assumed that the boomerang had been thrown in space (ie outside the 'artificial' atmosphere within the Space Station) and I reasoned that, without the effect of air flowing over the (airofoil) surfaces of the boomerang 'wings' there could be no boomerang effect, but, it seems that it was just the lack of gravity that was being tested:-
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i2n44DP0PaB-TdrZWh5J23O3wjsw
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/20080322TDY03107.htm


I'm surprised that there was adequate room in which to perform the experiment - maybe he used the squash court?
Now there's a challenge - playing squash in zero gravity . . .

Ken Wells
21st Mar 2008, 21:00
making squash in zero gravity?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
21st Mar 2008, 21:53
They already play it, but they call it Expand.

Dan Gerous
21st Mar 2008, 22:24
Q. What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
A. A stick.

Beatriz Fontana
21st Mar 2008, 23:08
How many of our tax dollars did we fork out to find out whether a boomerang works in space or not?

Roll on the alien invasion...!

Arm out the window
22nd Mar 2008, 00:09
Well, if it's alien kangaroo-oids that invade, the boomerangs'll be just the thing to take 'em out.

Buster Hyman
22nd Mar 2008, 06:10
He was suprised to see it come back, but was even more suprised when he saw a dead Roo in the back lab!

Anyway, screw the Boomerang, I'm waiting to hear if a Digeridoo works in space...lets hope he goes outside to test it proper like!:ok:

Bushfiva
22nd Mar 2008, 06:45
How many of our tax dollars did we fork out to find out whether a boomerang works in space or not?

None. It was Japanese tax dollars (if any).

henry crun
22nd Mar 2008, 09:58
The result would have been very different if it had been Charlie Drake up there doing the throwing. :}