Conservation of Momentum
These short video clips, from Our Space, show Richard Garriott during his mission to the International Space Station, illustrating the conservation of momentum. Using the unique conditions found in zero gravity, Richard demonstrates conservation of linear momentum using collisions between two tennis balls. The conservation of angular momentum is shown by looking at the effects of moving the mass of a spinning object towards its centre.
Additional video clips and explanations can be found at:
• linear momentum
• angular momentum
These are part of the Our Space web site (www.our-space.org).
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