The most awaited FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here but this time it would be quite different. It seems like one of the largest international sporting events in the world has made its way to the space.
It’s not the Earth dwellers who are waiting for the game with bated breath but the soccer crazies from 230 miles above our planet is part of the countdown.
The FIFA world cup has begun on June 12 in Brazil and will continue through July 13.
“As fans around the world tune in to World Cup 2014, a few fans out of this world will be watching, too,” NASA wrote.
NASA says the astronauts are having their own microgravity kick-about as those aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are getting into the spirit of football.
NASA created a video showing astronauts playing ball in microgravity and offering well wishes from space travelers to the teams and fans of World Cup 2014.
The video showed the ISS crewmembers exploring their soccer skills in zero gravity. US astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and Germany’s Alexander Gerst appeared in the video wishing luck to the players down on the ground.
Enthusiastic spacefarer Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) said, “We want to wish all the teams and the fans on the ground a great World Cup. Have fun and a peaceful game. May the best win.”
Flight engineer Red Wiseman said, “Have fun, play hard, and we’ll be watching on the International Space Station.”
In a release, Rabi Mehta, experimental aero-physics chief at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., said, “Sports provide a great opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers to our field of aerodynamics by showing them something they can relate to.”