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Can an astronaut still get dizzy after 6 months in space? Tim Peake tries

Astronauts adapt to their weightless environment, but one bold spaceman decides to see if he can still get dizzy after a long stint in microgravity.

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake is coming home soon after spending half a year on board the International Space Station. He's not just sitting around and twiddling his thumbs waiting for his ride back to Earth, though. Instead, he went for a spin. Make that a lot of spins. Peake tweeted Sunday, "I spent the first 24 hours in space feeling a bit rough at times, but since then I have felt just great. But can you still get dizzy in space? Well I decided to try a small experiment to find out..."

Peake captured this stomach-turning experiment on video. It involved him getting another astronaut to help spin him around in microgravity. He takes a tucked position hugging his legs and endures the space version of one of those kids' playground merry-go-rounds. "This could be the worst idea I've ever had," he says.

Dizziness and nausea are normal for astronauts during their first day on the station, but they quickly adapt to the new environment. Peake's efforts pay off with this observation: "It's not making me feel sick. That's quite weird." He gets a momentary sensation of dizziness once he stops, but it dissipates immediately. It turns out that spending time in space may be the most expensive motion-sickness cure ever created.