2018-06-25 16:15:02 UTC
I am pretty sure this is an old short story by Arthur C. Clark or Robert Heinlein.
There was a scene on an early model space station. One of the construction crew relates an embarrassing story. At that time the station had not spun up to create artificial gravity so everything was in free fall. The man had somehow managed to get himself stranded in the middle of a room, with no way to move to within grabbing distance of a wall hand-hold.
He figures the only thing to do is to throw an object away and use the recoil to propel himself towards a wall. Unfortunately he had just woken up so is only dressed in his underwear. He has to throw that away since that is the only reaction mass available.
The embarrassing part was of course that was the day the station was entertaining visiting VIPs who were inspecting the progress. Who were annoyed at the nude man frantically scrambling away down the corridor.
Does this story sound familiar?