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How to play World Cup soccer in space

12 Jun 2014, 12:05 UTC
How to play World Cup soccer in space
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Now here is how you play soccer in style. (Or football, as some countries call it.)
In honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, part of the Expedition 40 crew played soccer on the International Space Station after delivering a message to the FIFA participants. You can see the whole thing above (the soccer game starts at 0:35.)
Perhaps the best catch takes place at the end when Steve Swanson (NASA) is trying to get the ball.
A fun trivia note: while at first glance FIFA would be a leisure activity for the astronauts, one of the space station flight controllers pointed out that most of the partners do have teams participating. So it must be a hot topic of conversation in between, you know, space stuff.
Of the 15 current ISS program partners, 11 are in the 2014 World Cup. Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden did not qualify.
— Ben H. (@spaceguy87) June 12, 2014

Expedition 40 commander Steve Swanson (NASA) plays with a soccer ball on the International Space Station in June 2014. The activity was done in honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Credit: NASA / YouTube (screenshot)

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