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    If I was floating motionless in space without any means of propulsion I know there is no way I can move my body to change my location. But, can I twist my body in a way as to cause me to change the direction of my view?

    Lets say I'm facing toward a pretend north. Can I twist my body to look at pretend south?

    Again, I realize you cannot move from where you are...

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    Yep you can, I have seen NASA astronauts demonstrate this on the ISS I think it was called a 'monkey twist' or something, incidentally it's similar to the way cats twist their body so they always land feet first.

    I had thought about being stranded once like that and there is a way for your body to provide propulsion but it means getting your hands rather 'mucky' and hoping you had a large meal the previous day.... :wink:


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    Sure you can twist around, as for that other stuff, yeuw! But if you were really stuck you could put a pinhole in your spacesuit and use the jet as a mini rocket. And if you weren't wearing a spacesuit, assuming you were holding your breath and nose etc, you could just... paaarrrp!

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    It you are floating in a vacuum, conservation of angular momentum might make turning very difficult.
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    You are naked, floating in space, have nothing on you, and you cannot use any "bodily fluids".

    So, can you twist your body in a way to face another direction. I think you could still grab your feet and use your muscles to twist.. like winding or unwinding. Your right hand grabs your left ankle and your left hand grabs your right ankle, then moving your hands outward would twist you.

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    step1 --- put your arms straight up.
    step2 --- slowly lower them, increasing their speed with a smooth accelleration
    step3 --- abruptly reverse direction of your arms the moment they feel fast

    i think that will create an adequate jolt to propel yourself in a direction
    or at least start a rotation
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