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WATCH: Astronauts Aboard The International Space Station (ISS) Play A Badminton Match!

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • Astronauts aboard the ISS have played what could very well be the first televised space-Badminton match!

Let's accept it. One day soon (and hopefully not out of necessity) humanity will figure out a way to break through the Earth's gravity and attain mastery over the cold, dark and inhospitable infinity we call space.

At that time, we'll probably have to find a way to adapt most aspects of daily life to the new environment. That means how we eat, how we sleep, how we work out, how we entertain ourselves and every other thing we take for granted here on terra firma.

For many years now, because of humanity's continued presence in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and other missions, we've got periodic glimpses of what this brave new world could look like. For example, a few years back, the first food to be grown in space -- Red Romaine Lettuce -- was harvested and consumed. 

And now, we've got a glimpse of what could be the future of zero-gravity sports! 

The 54th expedition crew aboard the ISS played a couple of rounds of space-Badminton and made a video of the spectacle! The participants were Russian cosmonauts Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, American astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Wanda High and Japan's Norishige Kanai.

(The ISS - an out-of-this-world venue!)

The game itself had been modified a bit. Much like improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a lot of things were made up and the points didn't matter.

Here are the differences that could be made out by observation:

1. There's no net
2. There's no compulsion that the players all occupy one plane. In fact, one of the teams did rather well by having players hanging upside-down in relation to one another
3. The cork doesn't exactly follow a trajectory. You hit what gets hit at you
4. The ISS looks quite roomy as a multipurpose arena
5. Sometimes when the cork is hit to an inaccessible place, it flies out on its own -- so no pesky retrievals!

The match was filmed as part of RT’s ‘Space 360’ project showcasing life aboard the International Space Station (ISS)!

Watch the full video of the space-Badminton (which astronauts claim to play quite regularly) here - 


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