Can an Astronaut Move Like a Falling Cat?

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In 1968, Professor Thomas R. Kane conducted an experiment to see if astronauts could move like falling cats. A photographer for LIFE Magazine, Ralph Crane, documented his results, and here we've turned them into a stop-motion video.

Thanks to Michelle Legro, who sent this our way, and also sent us this amazing archival film documenting aerospace research of how cats react in zero gravity: 

Photoraphs via How to Be a Retronaut. For more media from the LIFE Archive, visit  http://www.life.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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