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Cosmonauts play football on the space station

Posted on Saturday, 2 June, 2018 | Comment icon 15 comments

Is zero-gravity football the sport of the future ? Image Credit: NASA / Roscosmos
Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev demonstrated their football skills ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
They may be orbiting 400km above the surface of the Earth, but that didn't stop the football-mad pair from celebrating the upcoming event which is set to begin on June 14th in their home country.

In a clip released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Artemyev, who is sporting an official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 T-shirt, can be seen setting up a makeshift goalpost aboard the station.

He and Shkaplerov then do their best to kick and throw a football around in zero-gravity.

The ball used in the video was specially flown up to the space station for the stunt and will be returned to the Earth alongside the two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule on June 3rd.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (15)

Tags: Football, ISS

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by .ZZ. on 3 June, 2018, 1:55
Thanks for that Astra. From the link: Well, well, well. That's me alright, "Too American"  Grrrrrrrrrr  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Astra. on 3 June, 2018, 2:24
Well, I'm not a great football fan by any stretch of the imagination. In Australia tho, they play either Rugby Union, Rugby League, AFL or soccer. So we do distinguish the difference between soccer and football. Either way, John Cleese was funny in the vid... ..
Comment icon #8 Posted by .ZZ. on 3 June, 2018, 2:27
Awesome. I would like to visit. We have quite a few Aussie kickers here that play in the NFL.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Astra. on 3 June, 2018, 2:44
Oh, I hope that you do visit one day soon  Yeah, it's good to know that a few of our guys over yonder are doing well in the NFL. I haven't been following things too closely, but apparently Jarryd Hayne has been accused of rape, which he has unequivocally denied. That's all I know so far. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 June, 2018, 8:18
No, don't do that in the science section,  it's what the conspiracy section is for.
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam on 3 June, 2018, 9:53
True. Can you move his post there so i can ask him in the correct section for him to back up his claim. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Farmer77 on 3 June, 2018, 9:57
Clearly this thread needs to be moved to the conspiracy section. Russians played football without any hooligan violence? MUST be a conspiracy theory 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Seti42 on 3 June, 2018, 13:29
Kicking balls near millions of dollars of sensitive equipment. Smart.
Comment icon #14 Posted by toast on 3 June, 2018, 13:36
Comment icon #15 Posted by toast on 3 June, 2018, 13:47
a.) All equipment to be lifted up to the ISS1 passed stringent stress test also related to excessive g-force inputs b.) The people up there do know very well what can be done up there and what not

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