When NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli spun a dreidel in the International Space Station, she was not only celebrating Hanukkah but offering an intriguing physics demonstration.
In the weightless environment, flying some 250 miles above Earth, the four-sided top keeps going and going and going. It’s only when Moghbeli bumps the child’s toy with her camera that it wobbles, taps the cupola window, and tips — eliciting a laugh from the SpaceX Crew-7 commander.
Moghbeli, who normally celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas with her husband and twin daughters at home, brought a wooden dreidel, a felt menorah, and an ornament holding a family photo with her to space. Watch the spinning top in the video, posted on X, below.