A cat always lands on its feet

Along the same lines of the paradox that asks: “if you strapped a piece of buttered toast, face-up, on the back of a cat and tossed it into the air, which holds true: A cat lands on its feet or a piece of buttered toast always lands face-down?”

I don’t know if the following video is more cool or cruel (but I’m sure the cat got over it). It comes from the American Air Force Academy’s training on the KC-135A Reduced Gravity Research Program which flies an empty passenger jet (affectionately called the “Vomit Comet”) in a parabolic arc at the appropriate speed over the appropriate amount of time to simulate weightlessness within the Earth’s atmosphere. Researchers suspend a cat in the weightless environment while it tries to figure out which way is up.

Cat in 0G (Quicktime)