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Force equals the gravitational constant times Boston mass

April 16, 2007 @ 5:28am

The Boston Marathon takes place today and one of the official participants will be running the marathon from space, astronaut Suni Williams.

I'm sure it's a lot of work to run a marathon even when you're weightless and I am happy to report that they are not counting the space station's own orbiting into her distance. I can't wait to see the video of this woman trying to spill a cup of water on herself as she runs -- only to have it float upward.

It reminds me of a Seth Meyers Saturday Night Live rant during the 2001 World Series that was being played in November.

He noted that The Yankees were struggling against Arizona because Red Sox fans were taking post-9/11 pity on the Yankees and rooting for them. He complained that "everyone and everything Boston roots for loses. If Boston rooted for gravity, we'd all be floating three inches off the ground."

And now we've got someone running the Boston Marathon in zero gravity.

Wicked.

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