A three-toed zero gravity indicator sloth might have just become the fastest-moving sloth in the world, setting a new record.
Sasha the sloth has become a record-breaking speedster as a zero gravity indicator for SpaceX Crew-7.
The zero gravity indicator, Sasha the sloth was aboard the Dragon spacecraft “Endurance” along the SpaceX Crew-7 astronauts.
Along with the SpaceX Crew-7, zero gravity indicator “Sasha” the sloth is in Earth orbit traveling 17,500 mph (28,200 kph) while the average speed of a three-toed sloth (on Earth) is onlly 0.15 miles per hour (0.24 km/h).
Sasha, the sloth, had a special role as the SpaceX Crew-7 astronauts’ zero gravity indicator.
As a zero gravity indicator it will inform the crew if and when they had entered the weightless environment of space.
Through the SpaceX mission control communication in Hawthorne, California, Crew-7 pilot Andreas Andy Mogensen radioed that his three children selected Saha the Sloth as the Crew-7’s zero gravity indicator.
The tradition of flying a zero gravity indicator started with Yuri Gagarin, the first person to go to space. During his 1961 mission, he brought a small doll along as a zero gravity indicator to observe its weightlessness.
This practice of bringing a zero gravity indicator was later adopted by other Russian missions, eventually becoming a custom.