He's stuck in mid-air for some time because he doesn't have handles or supports to hold on to.
Astronauts undergo extensive training to prepare them for life in space. This includes experiencing microgravity (also known as mirco-g). It's difficult to move around in it. One astronaut got caught up in a swirl of microgravity and could be seen flapping around in a funny video shared online. The astronaut doesn't have access to handles or any supports, which makes it even funnier as he appears to be stuck in a bubble of sorts. His fellow astronauts can be seen laughing and videotaping him as he struggles to get down and make contact with something for support. He's stuck in mid-air for some time because he doesn't have anything to hold on to. The video clip was uploaded by Reddit user u/not_a_profession and is captioned "An astronaut in micro-g without access to handles or supports, is stuck floating" and has gained 81.3 thousand upvotes on a subreddit page that showcases interesting things out of this world (literally).
As per NASA, 'microgravity' is sometimes referred to as 'zero gravity', but the two are not synonymous. 'Micro' means very small, and so 'microgravity' indicates, "the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless." This is what we refer to when we see objects and people floating in space. One way to get out of his situation was to breathe, as per My Modern Met. The clip also shows a few other astronauts around who are also dressed in dark blue. There was some gravity in the spaceship, which means that the astronaut would not be permanently suspended. The astronaut's temporary condition certainly elicited a few laughs from his colleagues.
"Relax, blow a big breath out. Newton's laws mean you will move. Repeat until enough momentum is gained. Or push the air around you as if you were swimming. Problem solved. This guy isn't stuck," explained a Reddit u/deecaf. About the location, user u/NerdFactor3 shared insight. "This is an OG ISS module, before it got filled up with equipment racks. It's surprisingly spacious without all that science stuff." "It's like when kids run around the new empty house before the furniture gets moved in," commented, u/ultranoobian. "That's equally fascinating and horrifying," added u/noirest.
A curious mind does wonder, if 90 percent of Earth's gravity reaches the space station, then why do astronauts float there? This is because they are in free fall, NASA explains. Gravity causes all objects to fall at the same rate in a vacuum. The object's mass is irrelevant. If a person drops a hammer and a feather, the feather will fall more slowly because of the air. However, if there was no air, they would fall at the same rate.
Some amusement parks have free-fall rides that drop a cabin along a tall tower. If a person lets go of an object at the start of a fall, the person and the object would both fall at the same rate. As a result, the object appears to float in front of the person. That is what takes place in a spacecraft. The spacecraft, its crew, and any objects aboard are all falling toward but not touching down on Earth. The crew and objects appear to float in comparison to the spacecraft because they are all falling together.