Watch A Bowling Ball And Feather Fall At The Same Rate In The World's Largest Man-Made Vacuum Chamber

November 3, 2014


This is a video from BBC 2 of British physicist Brian Cox visiting NASA's Space Power Facility in Ohio. The facility is home to the world's largest man-made vacuum chamber, measuring 30.5 (~100 feet) meters across and 37.2 meters (~122-feet) tall, with a volume of 22,653 cubic meters (~800,000 cubic feet). It contains about 30 tons of air when not in use, which are pumped out until only 2-grams remain when being used for vacuum testing. In this experiment, a bowling ball and feather are dropped under normal earth conditions, then again in a vacuum. The result...might not surprise you since you learned what would happen in middle school science class. It's still cool to see though. Like watching yourself having sex in a mirror. Just kidding, that always ends badly. Do I really look that fat? I can't believe she even finds me attractive. DOES she even find me attractive? I wouldn't have sex with me if I were her. Shit, I'm going soft. Focus, GW, FOCUS! "What the -- are you really going limp on me again? What's the deal -- you don't find me attractive anymore?" No baby, that's not it at all. You see what happened was, I was staring at myself in the mirror, right? "Right now, while we were just having sex?" Yeah... "You're sleeping on the couch." I don't even deserve the couch, I'll be in the pile of leaves by the mailbox.

Keep going for the video, which is worthwhile to watch all the way through, but the vacuum drop goes down at 2:50.

Thanks to my buddy Brian, who tried to tell me his balls would have still fallen so fast they would have gone through the floor, the earth's core, and out the other side.

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