So the question was inspired by one of curious comments on youtube. What exactly would happen if you pushed a strong neodymium magnet towards the copper tube (aiming for the opening in an effort to pass it through the tube) while in space?
I'm particularly interested in these 2 cases:
1. The tube is not attached to anything and is freely floating in space.
2. The tube is attached to a relatively massive object (E.g. a shuttle, ISS, etc.), but also assuming that this object does not interact with the magnet or the tube electromagnetically.
I'm unsure if it would manage to pass through while also losing a lot of it's speed gained from the push, or if the forces caused by opposing magnetic field from the current induced in the tube would be able to push against enough so that the two never come close enough, or if it would stop inside the tube, etc.