Commander Leroy Chiao's face in a water droplet in space, 2005.

Commander Leroy Chiao's face in a water droplet in space, 2005.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Description

A water bubble floats freely on the International Space Station, showing an image of Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao. Chiao's picture is upside down because light is refracted, or bent, as it passes from one medium to another - in this case, air to water. The same effect produces rainbows when light passes through raindrops in the air.

© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society

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