WATCH: Maiden vacuum cleaner test flight...in space
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov has finally answered an imponderable question that has plagued humanity in the modern age: Can you fly a vacuum cleaner in space?
The Russian Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot turned cosmonaut is currently on his third mission to the International Space Station (ISS), having previously been a member of expeditions 29/30 and 42/43.
According to Shkaplerov, “People often ask if we fly on vacuum cleaners at ISS?” Well those people need wonder no more as this video shows.
Очень часто спрашивают, а летаем ли мы на пылесосе по станции? Приходилось отвечать, что не пробовал. А тут во время субботника подумал, что уже третий полет... пора провести летные испытания пылесоса ✌😉🚀 // Flight tests of vacuum cleaner aboard the International Space Station pic.twitter.com/qQpoQx5OLL— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) January 20, 2018
Shkaplerov admits that he had never tried to fly a vacuum cleaner in a (sort of) vacuum, but that didn’t stop him trying on Saturday while cleaning the Earth-orbiting space station. The intrepid Russian shared a video of his maiden ‘flight’, which lasted less than half a minute, on Twitter.
He even had a fitting soundtrack for his epic voyage – R Kelly’s nineties hit ‘I believe I can fly.’
This is not the first time Shkaplerov has made headlines with his space research. Back in November he said that bacteria found on the hull of ISS could have come from outer space. “Bacteria that had not been there during the launch of the ISS module were found on the swabs,” Shkaplerov said. “So they have flew from somewhere in space and settled on the outside hull.”
Shkaplerov is one of the more social media savvy cosmouts, treating his followers to a host of arresting images from the space station, from glaciers in Patagonia to the vastness of his homeland.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. It grows at a rate of 2 meters per day. According to program of “Uragan” (Hurricane) experiment, cosmonauts observes (and taking photos) the glacier of Patagonia. pic.twitter.com/eyGyfhEcpu— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) January 18, 2018
Земля спряталась под одеялом из облаков ☁️ // Earth covered by a blanket of clouds ☁️ pic.twitter.com/DZbDkvWRIG— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) January 17, 2018
А в России снова праздник! Снова Новый год, но... старый 🎄😄 Мы решили показать, как отмечали Новый год в космосе. Смотрите наше кулинарное шоу "Космический Смак" 👨🍳🚀 Полную версию можно найти здесь - https://t.co/78csQUg4bY. pic.twitter.com/xHIVEwrvRa— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) January 13, 2018
Фотографии моей Родины: Балаклава, Севастополь и Крымский мост. Контролирую строительство моста из Космоса. 🚀Подтверждаю, все идет по графику! 😉The images of my Homeland from space: Balaklava, Sevastopol and the Crimean bridge. pic.twitter.com/pDqTMbotaX— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) December 28, 2017