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Did NASA tell the Skylab astronauts to "Stop running around!"?

This answer to the question starts with: This video may help to answer your question. Starting at about 00:24, you can see an astronaut running around the "exercise wheel" of Skylab (an early NASA ...
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How would swimming on Mars feel, given the lower gravity?

The hypothetical swimming pool is inside a habitat at atmospheric pressure, and on Mars at 0.38g of Earth. What are the major differences regarding water properties (viscosity, surface tension, ...
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Can you ride a bicycle on Deimos?

Deimos is the small moon of Mars. The surface gravity is 0.003m/s2 (compare to Earth @ 9.807 m/s2). In theory a person with a bicycle could launch from and land on Deimos with a bicycle and a ramp. ...
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Any scholarly or serious work in Sports Science for the low surface gravity of Mars or the Moon?

One of my favorite answers in SXSE is this one which addresses subtler effects of low gravity on sports that one might not anticipate. There are other answers there, and other questions and answers ...
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Do astronauts play reduced gravity sports when folks on Earth aren't watching? Ever quasi-regularly? If so, what sports?

Astronauts on space stations routinely do things for their own entertainment and also things for public outreach/entertainment of folks on Earth. Videos below are examples. But I'm curious about any ...
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Designing a bicycle for Mars?

Assuming that Elon Musk's plan to send colonists to Mars is successful and I'm one of the chosen few, and assuming there's the mass budget for it, can I take my bicycle with me? What difficulties ...
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Can humans play basketball in simulated gravity?

Rotating a spacecraft to create a simulated 1 g should cure most medical problems with microgravity. But can one play ball? A rotating spacecraft with several 10s or 100 meter to the center of ...
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When was there a dog in ISS's Kibo module?

The interesting question What living organisms adapt to 0 gravity? includes several GIF images. One if them is shown below, that of (apparently) a dog in a NASA suit floating around in the ISS's ...
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Is this the golf ball that Alan Shepard hit on the Moon?

The BBC News article The Five Greatest Space Hacks of All Time shows a photo of Alan Shepard on the Moon swinging an improvised golf club. Is the spot in the upper right corner of the photo a golf ...
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Will colonists on Mars have enhanced physical mobility relative to an Earth-normal environment?

A Princess of Mars (1912) by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Chapter III describes this "superhuman leap" by the hero John Carter: My effort was crowned with a success which appalled me no less than it ...
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Exactly how does one lope on the Moon?

This answer includes several quotes from apollo astronauts that have walked on the moon. They describe a form of bipedal locomotion they call loping. Question: Exactly how does one lope on the Moon? ...
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With so little gravity, would swimming on Enceladus be feasible for humans?

I'm working on a science fiction piece set on Enceladus, and I'd like the characters (human) to do a fair amount of swimming (they've managed to terraform a small bit of ocean for themselves). However,...
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What's the longest time that an astronaut remained in free fall?

After watching the video below (found here and here) I am reminded of the series of possibly less than 100% serious questions here about being weightless in the middle of a large volume and ...
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Proposed methods to use electromagnetic force to replace gravity beyond boots?

I have been wondering if there have been any serious proposed methods to try to recover some functions of gravity with electromagnetic forces for astronauts in space. Fields generated in the floor of ...
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What is the difference between "body drag", "frictional drag" and "pressure drag" for astronaut or aerobot atmospheric locomotion in microgravity?

Complaints below my answer to Would a higher air pressure on the ISS or elsewhere make it easier to “swim” in microgravity? about my spherical-cow estimate of how fast an astronaut can accelerate by &...
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Can/should you swim in zero G?

Inspired by Are there types of animals that can't make the trip to space? (physiologically) and related to but not a duplicate of Can you swim in space? Swimming on the Moon / in low gravity looks ...
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How does one throw a boomerang in space? Does it return?

From today's BBC's Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk: "We are very concerned with the fact that all the satellites which re-enter the Earth's atmosphere burn and create tiny ...
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What would ice-skating be like on Europa?

Jovian moon Europa's icy surface is pretty flat and let's say astronauts would wear ice skates attached to their spacesuits, what would ice-skating be like on Europa? Due to Europa's very low gravity (...
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At what surface gravity can't astronauts do full steps anymore?

We know that on the Moon in ~1/6 g the Apollo astronauts couldn't make full steps because they jumped with each step. At what surface gravity could you walk more like on Earth and at what gravity ...
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Is the vestibular system ever useful in spaceflight?

The Vintage Space video Eleven Deaf Men Helped NASA Leave Earth describes a number of different NASA experiments done on human subjects who had damaged vestibular systems due to childhood illness. ...
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What would the human gait look like on Mars?

Is there an approximation of what a human would look like walking on Mars? Would it be closer to how the astronauts walked on the Moon or the way we walk on the Earth? With the gravitational ...
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What happens if you jump on a "spin ship"?

If you're on a spin ship, or rotating wheel space station, and you jump, then you're no longer being accelerated by the rotation. What would happen? First, I'll establish some terms to make discussing ...
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What would a human rocket be like to launch a human off Mimas?

In a comment on Is there a self-rounding celestial body from which an Olympian could jump into space? @jpa made a modest proposal. What if we stacked a bunch of athletes on top of each other and ...
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How efficient would it be for an outpost to use human-powered vehicles?

Considering how bicycles use human power very efficiently for transport, would it be reasonable for astronauts on an outpost on the Moon or Mars to use easily replaceable human-powered equipment, like ...
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Drone Racing on moon

What kind of propulsion method are known to man that can be used for drone racing on moon land and sky(near surface) ? What role moon atmosphere might play?
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How many times would two astronauts have to run around Skylab to turn it by 10 arc minutes?

This answer to the question starts with: This video may help to answer your question. Starting at about 00:24, you can see an astronaut running around the "exercise wheel" of Skylab (an early NASA ...
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Any published biophysics or sports physics research on how much top running speed might change on Mars or the Moon? (Indoors, not in a suit.)

Thanks for reopening!: How fast could a person run on the Moon? asks for users to make their own conclusions. Here I'm making a reference-request for research and results. Related but different: How ...
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