Boomerang in Space

Submitted by: eugenius 9 years ago in Science
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Will a boomerang return to its thrower in space?
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Male 6
I THINK...it works cuz look..he is breathing...cuz there is actually air...but i think if they were outside in a suit..it would be a different story
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Male 72
ok tony jet if he wasnt wearing any spacesuit whatsoever why did u think they were actually in drating space?
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Male 82
I was about to make fun of someone. I thought the video was someone throwing a boomerang in outer space...
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Male 615
Lol at Maddog. But yea, i was thinking the same thing. of COURSE it would return to the user in zero gravity! it should, in fact, work better, due to a lack of downward pull towards the earth/any large body.

Sorry to anyone who already typed this, i dont read all of the comments prior to my post, i think you all would understand that. :P

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Male 1,023
in a airless void it would not return because for a boomerang to work it must have air, which seems to not be present in hard vacuums.
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Male 4,547
In zero G, you might actually be able to deliver babies much much sooner, as it could help with the ability of their lungs to cope and not collapse, which currently is one of the main problems between 16 and 24 weeks.
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Female 2,289
I`m sure he`s in space. I almost puked watching it and idk y.
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Male 279
now that`s fun, but, does that guy have anything better than that to do lol ?
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Male 4,290
"There is only 1 thing i wanna know bout humans in space, and thats if a child is born in space, like they was thinking of doing to reach mars... when the person hits gravity for the 1st time will he/she be killed?"

Good question. If people are in space too long their muscles waste away, so when they come back they can`t really do anything for ages. Maybe if their muscles and organs were never used to the force of gravity, they wouldn`t be able to cope.

Even more interesting - how the hell do you deliver a baby in space?

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Male 319
Techincally, this guy isn`t in space. He`s in the International Space Station which has an atmosphere. If he was outside in vacuum, the boomerang would simply fly off and not return because their is no air to created lift and resistance which would normally send it back to the thrower.
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Male 3
LAME!! that is not "in space" That is zero G DUH
and no, a boomerang will NOT return if thrown in space ( a vacuum )
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Male 555
In space, it would have no air currents to cause it to come back. In space, in a space station (or spacecraft of some sort) it would, as there is air in there.
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Male 410
How about labeling the vid properly. Will a boomerang return in a zero-G environment=Yes. Will a boomerang return in the vacuum of space=No. Although I think that would be fairly obvious to most people.
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Male 10,440
They have way too much fun in space.
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Male 315
DarkProdigy: "I can`t even throw a boomerang. D:"

That`s why you`re not an astronaut.

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Male 315
It wouldn`t work in the vacuum of space. It will work in a zero-g environment as long as there is gas present.
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Male 3,369
Your tax dollars at work, people.
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See..SEE!! I gave you all the bloody answer for free. I suggest anarchy! It`s the only way to go!

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Female 486
Woah. I REALLY want to do that.
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Female 19
It`s obvious it wouldn`t, I mean a boomerang needs air pressure to turn, like a curve ball. And since a vaccum has no air...
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Male 3,301
Your tax dollars at work, people.
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Male 239
I like puppies.
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Male 2,576
No - IN space there is no air, or gases (for the most part) the boomrang would go straight.

Zero Gravity would be the right word.

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Female 3
This man is not in space. He is simple in a weightless enviorment. Space is a vacum and again. Only would return if it was a)heavy enough to circle something without being pulled directly into it. So in my mind this boomerang would continue on in a straight line till it hit something.
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Male 1,497
Another myth tested and proved plausible. Good work Maddog.
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Male 1,162
*cue theme song*
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Male 3,369
I retract my statement.

If you threw it in space it would continue in a straight line! However, if sent on the right trajectory and was caught in the gravational pull of the sun for example, then it`s possible, however slim, it could come back.

I call this myth plausible. I really am bored if I put thought into this stuff!



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Male 329
in the space station yes, in space no.
it would require air to turn.
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Female 775
I thought he was going to outside the ship and throw it..That would have been cool to see that...
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Male 1,129
It wouldnt work in a vacuum. it needs air for the lift.it wouldnt even spin if you threw it in a vacuum
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Male 136
I agree, the title is misleading. It wouldn`t work in a vacuum, but just in zero g it would.
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Male 1,148
thats not really in space
only in anti gravity
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Male 436
I liked it. I wish I could throw a boomerang in space.
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Male 626
There is only 1 thing i wanna know bout humans in space, and thats if a child is born in space, like they was thinking of doing to reach mars... when the person hits gravity for the 1st time will he/she be killed?
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Male 78
If there wasn`t any air (like a spacewalk), the boomerang wouldn`t wouldn`t return because the resistance of the space would keep it going. He`s in an airy space station.
(hey, i know its what maddog said, but i need more posts)
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Female 309
It must be fun to float around in zero gravity.
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Male 679
Upon reading the caption, my first answer was "of course not!", but as soon as the video loaded it changed to "oh, well if they have air, then of course it will".

Not very thought provoking or even that interesting if you ask me...

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Male 242
The title is very misleading.... The Maddog has it right
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Male 3,369
bollocks. everyone beatme!
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Male 3,296
(after watching it)
o i guess if its inside the transporter ther is air since they are breathing it

i thought it was actually outside like were there is nothing

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Male 3,369
That should be "Boomerang in zero gravity".

Space implies a vacum, which in that case, no it wouldnt, because it`s the airflow/shape that causes it to curve back on itself.

Yes, I am a physics major!

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Male 144
yes it is possible, there is air so it can come back, it doesn`t need gravity =D
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Male 3,296
(before watching the video)
no it needs air friction to turn and since theres nop air it would just go straight right
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Female 652
is that possible?
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Male 144
funny how its made of cardboard since it would be too expensive to send anything heavier up there =D
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Female 345
That`s pretty neat
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Male 252
Is that guy even in space?
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Male 474
I can`t even throw a boomerang. D:
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Male 1,620
Link: Boomerang in Space [Rate Link] - Will a boomerang return to its thrower in space?
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