The 15-year-old protagonist of my latest novel, The Yo-Yo Prophet, would be over the moon about this demonstration of yo-yoing in zero gravity. Yes, folks, it’s yo-yos in space!
In his Science off the Sphere series, astronaut and chemist Don Pettit demonstrates how yo-yos behave aboard the International Space Station.
Yo-yoing involves the science of planes and gyroscopic stability, but taking it into space eliminates the effect of gravity, allowing for a whole new style of yo-yoing and even the invention of new tricks! How cool is that?
Don Pettit says, “I haven’t been spending as much time as I should working on my yo-yo training…. It just shows how I’ve got misplaced priorities.”