How do cats deal with being weightless?

How Do Cats Deal With Being Weightless?
Screenshot from the “I Can Has Gravity” video.

Since my previous post was about dogs, its time to give equal time to the cats … although I'm guessing the cat lovers of the world won't have a great reaction to this one. Here's some footage from some the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories which include a test of the effects of weightlessness on cats in a C-131 "vomit comet" that simulates weightlessness. Best I can tell, this research was done in 1947. Think of it in the same vein as all those weird tests the early astronauts had to endure.

The text from the video: "In these experiments you can see the disorientation resulting when an animal is suddenly placed in a weightless state. Cats when dropped under normal conditions will invariably rotate their bodies longitudinally in midar and land on their feet. This automatic reflex action is almost completely lost under ."

The research was conducted by Bioastronautics Research, part of the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Amy Shira Teitel has a great post about the early medical tests on : As she wrote, "The Mercury astronauts only half joked during a 1959 press conference that the doctors had probed every orifice the human male has to offer, and then some, all in the name of 'science'."

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Feb 04, 2015
1947 research would have been done in black and white, or significantly grainier footage. Color footage implies late 50s at the earliest, and most likely in line with Apollo animal experimentation, which would date this later than the 40s. They're playing with the cats. I recognize the Narrating voice. Name unknown, but the voice and cadence is radio and solidly in the transition from radio to movie reels. THAT places it to 40s, but that voice was still present much later, into the late 60s. Ascots in the uniform would most likely do a lot to determine precise dating.

Feb 05, 2015
You are only partly right. This experiment cannot date back to 1947 since the C-131 Samaritan was introduced in 1950. But concerning this recording; for non-live coverage, the favorite media was film, and this, all the way to the mid seventies. Play it full screen and notice the dust and scratches.

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