Chris Hadfield and some incredibly floating Canadian space food

I’m Miranda, and I’m just wondering, does the food taste the same in orbit as it does on Earth? Miranda, at first, no. And it’s not because of the food. It’s because when you first get to space, gravity of course is not pushing the blood to your feet anymore, you know, because you’re basically weightless. So your body has learned over your whole lifetime to squeeze the blood up to your head so you don’t faint. And that’s kind of fighting, because normally your body has to work against gravity, and it doesn’t recognize immediately there’s no gravity. So your body keeps squeezing the blood up to your head, but no gravity to push it back down again. So your head sort of inflates like someone was squeezing the bottom of a balloon. And so your head fills up with fluid, and your sinuses fill up. And so when you first get to space, within a little while, you’re all clogged up and sinus plugged up. So you can’t even taste your food. And that lasts several days till your body finally gets to equilibrium. And then the food tastes about the same.
And I have Canadian food right here that folks were nice enough to send up to me, which just came up on the Dragon spaceship recently. But I have a lot of nice food. I have Canadian maple cookies, I have a smoked salmon pate, some Canadian chocolate. Look at this, a tube – a tube – of maple syrup, which is a real treat up here. Really high quality maple syrup. And if I’m not too far away from you guys from Saskatchewan, I have some buffalo jerky right here, cranberry flavoured buffalo jerky. And we even have something from the east coast here with a blueberry granola bar. So we have lots of food. It keeps us healthy, it tastes good, and it also – it’s a really important social time of the day when you can get together, talk about what everybody’s doing, and relax and really try and share the human part of being in space. Food’s good up here.

Stephen Childs


  1. 90%…Why does that statistic seem familiar to me?… Oh yeah, you watched that recent Vsauce episode didn't you? 😉

  2. It's technical name is microgravity. However, as far as I know, Zero Gravity is impossible, because you're always being pulled toward the nearest Celestial Body.

  3. Technically, there still is a lot of gravity acting on him. He can float because the ISS is free falling and you feel weightlessness when you are free falling(just like if you were in an elevator and the cord snapped. You would feel weightlessness until you hit the ground)

  4. Guys, if we live long enough, we could all someday be sitting around a table with others, eating lunch in space. But only if we keep funding science and engineering! GUYS! I WANT TO EAT LUNCH IS SPACE! Support funding for SCIENCE!

  5. There is gravity. Pretty much the same like on earth. ISS is not attached to the ground though, so they are experiencing zero-g

  6. Since there's not much gravity, the blood goes in any desired direction. It's like when you are upside down and you're face gets red. Or that's just his natural face color

  7. I wonder how epic it would be to watch someone smoking some weed up there

  8. I really want to go to zero gravity just because being able to change which way is which sounds fun.

  9. It's so cool how he could just let his mic go and it would stay in the same place

  10. Actually, believe it or not, astronauts in the I.S.S. experience about 90% of the gravity we do here on Earth! (think about it, if the I.S.S was far enough away from Earth to not experience gravity, how would the moon remain in orbit?) They're actually experiencing zero "g-force". They're falling towards the Earth, but moving so quickly vertically that the earth falls away at the same speed they fall towards it. It feels like the superman ride at 6 flags but they never hit the ground 😀

  11. because there's no gravity to push the blood down your legs, blood gonna squeeze on around your body especially your head

  12. actually to say there isnt any gravity where they are would be incorrect. They actually experience about 90% of the same gravity that we feel here on earth. The reason things float around the way they do is because they are constantly free falling, They are falling faster than the earth is rotating so they fall continuously around the earth instead of going straight down.

  13. technically there is still gravity. However orbit is a continuous free-fall around the earth, and so it appears as if there is no gravity.

  14. I would get so mad in space losing everything… "I know i put that here… where did that chocolate bar go? SERIOUSLY!!! WHERE DID IT GO???"

  15. o_O "people were nice enough to send us food" Does fedex deliver to the space station or something?

  16. what if you put your feet up? the blood will float to your feet right?

  17. Do you ever forget about gravity when you come back to earth? Like do you end up just dropping things?

  18. just placing stuff in the air and letting go of it never gets old…
    "I'll just put this down……. anywhere i gawd dang want"

  19. There is actually about 90% of the normal gravity up there, they are actually falling out moving in a certain direction fast enough so they dont fall and die.
    If you didnt already know.

  20. I doubt that as how orbit works in the terms of basics is pretty simple 6th grade science. Don't insult some ones knowledge by saying "oh he said something that he learned in school so he must have gotten it from Vsauce".

  21. He didn't even try changing the words, just the exact same sentence

  22. they travel at 17 000 MPH, through space, with no friction, and the earth basically applies the same amount of force downward as they apply outward going that fast. and alot of people say they arent experiencing g-forces, infact they are, but they are experiencing them forwards, backwards, upwards, and downwards at the same force in space that they dont feel any, sort of like spinning one of those magnetic tops that hovers.

  23. implying the only people that can possibly know that watch vsauce or are scientists

  24. its gonna suck when he gets home from space and he keeps dropping things in midair

  25. I was wondering why they sound so nasal and stuffed up in the videos from the ISS. So cool!

  26. Thats because everything you see relative to it is moving at the same speed. Like sitting in the passenger seat of a car going 60 and tossing a candy up and catching it with your mouth, the food seems like its just going up and down but its also going forward at 60mph along with your body, shielded from wind resistance by the car.

  27. Who cares? Information is meant to be spread.

    Knowledge isn't limited to only those who watch Vsauce.

  28. Its impossible to know any science nowadays… its all from vsauce…

  29. I've seen that video, but Chris Hadfield himself explained it in a video before I actually saw vsauce's

  30. Newton's canon ball theory.
    You shoot the ball high enough and fast enough and it will fall without ever hitting the earth.

  31. Right, where were these people before vsauce? Even if they didn't have a parent to explain this to them when they were kids, didn't they go to school? Hellooo, f = G*m1*m2 / d^2 has been known since the 17th century.

  32. Not everyone's 9 years old and hasn't started their science lessons yet, kiddo.

  33. There's a little more to it, though.

    Staying in orbit makes use of centrifugal force. Due to the speed at which the station is moving, the centrifugal force it generates is enough to block the gravitational pull of the earth.

    Calling it 0g is correct. While there is gravity, it's going both ways and cancelling itself out.

  34. Well it is part of high school physics, so i guess a lot of people know how it works.

  35. Wow I didnt know people on youtube were so stupid. This video was clearly made before vsauce….

  36. how long has that dude been in space? look at him space juggling that food like a pro, give someone else a turn lol

  37. This was his third time in space so yeah, he was a pro by then. But humans adapt quickly. You get used to things staying close to where you put them, and expect things to float away from the air flow and the residual drift when you let go of something casually. After watching astronauts/cosmonauts in the shuttle, MIR and the ISS over the years, I would give anything to spend a few months in space. Who wouldn't?

  38. I have a question about that body fights gravity.
    When i am not standing gravity doesnt affect my blood. When I am lying my body doesnt squeeze blood in my head… or does it?

    Why then in space?

  39. It is. Floating objects is concept so surreal our mind refuses to accept it. That makes it more awesome.

  40. A giraffe's blood pressure is so high (in order to pump oxygenated blood all the way to its head) that if it didn't have a regulation system for its blood pressure, the vessels in its head would explode if it bent over to drink some water. If you do a HANDSTAND you will feel easily the blood in your head.

  41. It's also possible that they have a basic knowledge of how gravity works in space and on the International Space Station.

  42. i was just about to say that it would be very usefull to be able to just let thing go and the would just fload around XD

  43. It's gonna suck when he gets back to Earth period, his muscles are pretty much relaxing this whole time and when he gets back he'll feel gravity like never before, most astronauts can't even walk the first week.

  44. So now he has all these boxes and wrappers. How does trash work on the ISS?

  45. its so funny that he just puts the stuff in front of the camera and everything is just floating

  46. It's probably because of the muscles in the pharynx squeezing the food down.

  47. Who cares? Vsauce is around to educate people on stuff like this, it's great when you see people actually learning from him.

  48. If I was an astronaut I wuld just be like

  49. Still more worth it than military defense spending. Learn from Canada and Switzerland.

  50. I've always wondered if large masses in weightless environments are dangerous. I mean if you impart a strong enough force onto a 1000lb weight it is going to go at quite a speed due to it's mass and therefore will be hard to slow down and control. I might be wrong though.

  51. It ranges between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit depending on which part of it you're talking about.

  52. If your body stops pushing the blood to your head, then when you get I earth wouldn't you fell like fainting then?

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