The Intermediate Axis Theorem demonstrated on the International Space Station

The Intermediate Axis Theorem demonstrated on the International Space Station

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  1. The one thing I don’t get about this is why it stays locked to those two positions for so long. I get that the intermediate axis theorem means that rotation around that axis will be unstable, but I don’t understand why it doesn’t just twist constantly (like it does, for example, with a tennis racket).

  2. OMFG I had questions about this years ago before I decided to get a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I forgot my purpose, and learned other pointless shit like CFD/Thermo/HTransfer/Design instead of why my phone does flips like this. Thanks to your post and youtube, i understand!

  3. The coolest thing about it (at least for the slow-mo one where it’s easiest to see) is that it keeps its spin direction the same to the observer (counter-clockwise). Besides the fact that this is straight voodoo, this is the most interesting part to me.

  4. So if I looked at this right, when an object in a T shape is spun, it will flip 180 degrees, and spin the “opposite” same direction? Or always the direction originally spun from the viewers standpoint. But appears to come to a complete stop during the flip?

  5. I stopped reading the title before I got to the mention of the ISS. That happened because I was distracted by the video and thinking “what blackfuckingmagic is this? What’s happened to gravity?!?”

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