Episode 505: Gravity II: November 5, 2016
We’re back where we left off last week at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. The crew is on their first ever zero gravity flight which goes back and forth several times between 1G, 2G, and 0G.
Missions in Zero Gravity
The <Infinite Challenge> crew is given seven missions to complete while in zero gravity.
The first mission is to link arms and float in the air. They all line up while in the 2G phase and wait for the aircraft to take them up in the air during 0G. It’s actually quite hard, and they end up tumbling all over the place. Hwang Kwang-hee’s in the middle and ends up breaking up the chain after losing balance. They fail mission number one, but try again during the next round of zero gravity.
I’m actually enjoying watching the cameramen having to hold onto their cameras for dear life when they go to 0G. They have their feet strapped to the floor of the airplace, but it must be hard to hold their bulky cameras up straight. The MCs complete mission number one on the second try.
Hwang Kwang-hee says in his interview later that he felt like they were one which was pretty cool.
The second mission is to spin in the air. Since this one is a little dangerous, they take turns with half the group going at a time. They spin really fast. It’s probably faster than those whirly-twirly rides at the amusement ride.
Yoo Jae-suk says he’s getting a bit of motion sickness.
The third mission is to fly across the sky like Superman. Park Myung-soo gets pushed across the plane and into a net at the other end of the plane. The rest of the MCs follow him one by one.
Jeong Jun-ha says everyone else looked like they were flying, but he didn’t really feel it. Maybe he’s too heavy?
I wish I could fly too.
The fourth mission is to pass through hula hoops while flying in mid-air.
Yoo Jae-suk is holding on to a handrail for dear life. It looks like he’s going to sit the rest of these missions out. Yoo Jae-suk asks for a bag.
Park Myung-soo asks for a bag as well.
The fifth mission is to burst a water balloon and drink the water with a straw. It’s not as pretty as I imagined it would be. I thought it would look like blobs of jello floating around, but instead, the water just splatters all over the place. It looks like tiny bubbles.
The sixth mission is to hold hands in a skydiving position. This one’s not that different from the first mission.
The final mission is to enjoy their zero gravity flight however they want. The MCs throw some plastic balls in the air as well as a teddy bear. It looks like confetti everywhere.
That’s pretty nice of the PD to give them that as their final mission. After all, it’s not like they’d ever get a chance to try zero gravity flight again.
Yang Se-hyung says he’s going to brag about this to his grandchildren.
The next morning, Hwang Kwang-hee makes ramen for breakfast. One of the staff members give them some fermented cuttlefish. The MCs make a joke about cuttlefish breast milk, since it’s a homonym for fermented cuttlefish.
Hwang Kwang-hee and Yang Se-hyung have a serious debate over whether cuttlefish babies eat breast milk.
It’s so silly that even “Babo Hyung” Jeong Jun-ha says he wants to have a contest between Hwang Kwang-hee and Yang Se-hyung to see who’s dumber.
Park Myung-soo is missing in the rest of this episode. I wonder if he had to go back to Korea for work.
It’s snowing outside. Since it’s their last day in Russia, the MCs decide to go for another try at the rings. Yang Se-hyung offers 100,000 won again to anyone who can hold their arms out horizontally for three seconds. Yoo Jae-suk shows off, so the other make fun of him for throwing up the day before on the airplane.
Gravitational Acceleration Training
Next up is the gravitational acceleration training. It’s for simulating landing at a planet where astronauts experience a sudden shift in gravity.
Yang Se-hyung comments that it looks like an amusement park ride.
Haha goes first, and he seem pretty nervous. He’s feeling dizzy at 1.5G and only makes it up to 3.5G.
The rest of the MCs watch from a control center. They can see through a camera as well as some vital stats.
Yang Se-hyung goes up all the way up to 4G.
For Jeong Jun-ha, the guys play a trick on him and tell the interpreter to tell Jeong Jun-ha that he’s at 5G when he’s really only at 2.9G. Jeong Jun-ha, “So I’m at five times my weight? 500 kgs? Wow!”
Jeong Jung-ha walks back to the control center knowing they were just playing a prank on him, but when even the interpreter insist that he went to 5G, he starts to believe them.
Soyuz Spacecraft Simulation
Their next task is the Soyuz Spacecraft Simulation. The MCs walk across a hallway full of astronaut photos, and they feel touched after experiencing a little but of how difficult training must have been for them.
Here they practice docking.
They learn that there are a lot of restrictions for being an astronaut. You have to be under 190 cms and between 50-95 kgs, have good eyesight, have no untreated cavities, etc.
The capsule is quite small. It’s just like the movie <Gravity> where Sandra Bullock finally gets in a capsule to get back to Earth.
Yang Se-hyung uses his fake English to pretend like he’s a real command center.
There’s a fire in the capsule which creates a lot of smoke, and Yoo Jae-suk has to figure out how to fix it. It must actually be quite nerve-wracking.
Jeong Jun-ha’s up next. He weighs too much to be an actual astronaut, and he seems a bit squished inside the capsule. He gets the fire test too, and his capsule fills with smoke.
There’s also a three person capsule for Hwang Kwang-hee, Yang Se-hyung, and Haha.
Mir Space Station Simulation
Next, they meet astronaut Salizhan Sharipov who’s been to space twice, in 1998 and 2004. He was in space for over 200 days.
He tells them that the silly training that the <Infinite Challenge> PD made him do in the darkness and eating food upside down was actually practical and similar to the training he did.
There are 10 people in the real space station. Yoo Jae-suk asks them what they do in their free time. They play games or watch movies.
Salizhan Sharipov, “The view of Earth from space, is nothing compared to the photos you’ve seen.”
They ask him about extraterrestrial life. He says he believes in it.
The MCs then take a tour inside the space station simulation set. They find some space bread, a standing bed, a bathroom, a treadmill, etc.
They orbit the Earth 16 times a day. Then they get some space ice cream to eat. Just add water.
The MCs each get a certificate of completion from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, and Yoo Jae-suk even signs an autograph for Salizhan Sharipov’s daughter.
After a meaningful trip, the crew returns back to Korea.
Idiot’s War: Civil War
Back in the MBC studios, Yoo Jae-suk explains that while on their trip to Russia, the MCs showed too much stupidity, so they’re going to do a quiz to see who’s the dumbest. The losing team will fall into the black hole below them, which Park Myung-soo complains is really just black water.
Question 1: Remember the “Bbangsa Ajumma,” who went viral a few years ago about being able to speak an alien language? According to her, what does “Bbangsa Kkaera Kkarang” mean?
After a few wild guesses and a hint from Yoo Jae-suk that Bbangsa means, “Hey humans,” Jeong Jun ha gets it right what, “Hey humans, what do you want to know?”
Question 2: What does Mir stand for?
Hwang Kwang-hee, “MBLAQ.”
Yang Se-hyung get’s it with “Peace.”
It’s now tied 1 to 1.
Question 3: The polar bear is one of Earth’s greatest predators. What color is the polar bear’s skin?
It’s surprisingly black, which Park Myung-soo gets.
Question 4: Korea’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, took 1,000 fruit flies to space, so why do flies rub their front legs?
Park Myung-soo gets the answer, “To clean their feet.”
Question 5: If you through a boomerang in a spacecraft, it returns. True or false?
Park Myung-soo and Jeong Jun-ha get it right with true.
The three losers fall into the black water, which is really just CG.
Next Week: Hip Hop and History featuring Dok2, BewhY, Song Min-ho, Din Din, Zico, and Gaeko.