ISS cosmonaut rides vacuum cleaner like a horse in space

A noisy vacuum cleaner on the International space station gets tamed by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and his crack flying skills.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Humans living in orbit is epic. The view of Earth from the International Space Station is epic. And a cosmonaut riding a vacuum cleaner like a tamed bronco through the ISS to the tune of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" is also very, very epic. 

Anton Shkaplerov hit pause on his more serious scientific duties to take the space station's vacuum cleaner on a microgravity test flight. He posted a short video of his jaunt to Twitter over the weekend. 

Shkaplerov wore protective earmuffs to spare his hearing from the vacuum's loud, grating whine. A single raised fist makes him look like a space-going version of Superman. 

According to NASA, ISS astronauts vacuum the station regularly to help control floating dust particles.

Shkaplerov arrived at the space station in December for the third time in his career. He already endeared himself to space fans with a tweet showing a cute toy poodle he brought with him. His superhero cowboy ride on the vacuum cleaner just cements his position as a delightful human who happens to be living in space at the moment.

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