Landing! Sure, Astronauts in Area Can Watch the Tremendous Bowl
When the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos sq. off Sunday, astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station will be capable of watch the kickoff in actual time.
Whereas NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra on the orbiting laboratory have not introduced their picks for the large recreation, they are going to be off obligation and capable of watch. (Kelly is a Houston Texans fan and watched soccer on Thanksgiving with former crewmember Kjell Lindgren.)
"Crew will be capable of watch in actual time; will probably be despatched up as ordinary for reside occasions from Mission Management Houston," NASA spokesman Dan Huot informed Area.com in an e-mail. "It is a nominal off-obligation Sunday for the whole crew, so no further duties for them except for train."
The truth is, the crewmembers have extra in widespread with the soccer gamers they’re watching than one may understand. For one factor, the outstretched arms of the Worldwide Area Station the place the astronauts reside are concerning the size and width of a soccer area. For an additional, NASA pioneered the shock-absorbing foam, shiny outdoors shell and wi-fi communications present in soccer helmets.
Plus, in 2010, the coin flipped to start out the large recreation had flown in area on the area shuttle Atlantis for eleven days, racking up four million miles (6.four million kilometers) across the Earth.
After their day without work, the crewmembers will return to their experiments on the area station. Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are inside 4 weeks of the top of their yearlong mission, and the 2 are at present joined by Kopra, British astronaut Tim Peake, and cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov (who simply accomplished a spacewalk Wednesday, Feb. three).