Would the fidget spinner spin forever in space?

The Fidget Spinner still does not lose its unexpectedly high popularity. Their children and adults can be seen more often in public places. Although this strange fashion does not appeal to everyone, it encourages some children to reflect on science. For example, the internet is looking for an answer to a less straightforward question – would the fidget spinner in space spin forever?

Space is already in itself is interesting to science-enraged people. Many children dream of being astronauts, or at least, when technology allows, to visit space. However, the question of the role of the Fidget spinner in space is not so complicated. It works because of its low friction bearing. After turning this toy, it rotates for a long time until it is stopped by friction, air resistance, and earth drag. High-quality, more expensive spinners rotate longer, more often have better bearings and better weight distribution. It is precisely the quality of the bearing and the design of the toy that are the only features that make each fidget spinner different from one another. So what would happen if you take fidget spinner in space? If an astronaut turns around at the International Space Station, he would behave the same way as on the ground. Spinning would turn a little longer because it would not be so grave as gravity, but it still stays fast enough. Meanwhile, everything in the open space would take place somewhat differently.

In the open space, away from the planets, it would spin for a really long time. Because of the rotation of the list of inhibitory factors, not only gravity but also air resistance would be eliminated. However, friction will remain and build up, over time, it will slow down and eventually stop. Or it would start spinning together with the bearing. So if now someone will ask you this strange question, you know what to answer. But this is not just a meaningless discussion. Scientists were also interested in it. Several high-quality gyros have been sent to ISS to test their rotation and the impact they have on the Earth’s thrust. Clearly, the gyros finally stopped rolling. By the way, according to NASA spokesman Dan Huoto, in order to reach the goals of science popularization, ISS probably will send a few fidget spinners in space, about which the crew should shoot some reports.

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