The ISS astronauts and the Olympic Games


The International Space Station (ISS) looks like a really fun place, as the astronauts there are engaged in Olympic sports with zero gravity conditions.

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The Tokyo Olympics are over, with the closing ceremony taking place today Sunday. But before we say goodbye to one of the most unusual Olympic Games that will be remembered because of the coronavirus, the astronauts on the International Space Station have some last minute entries for the judges to examine.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency has posted on Twitter a series of four videos showing some of his astronauts ISS to perform exercises at zero gravity, which they called routines, and which may have been good additions to the future Olympic Games. They even hung small flags of all the countries represented. The videos are quite durable and watch with the sound open, as the background music is quite close to the spectacle.

We start with instrumental gymnastics and a "Lack of floor routine". We can not understand the rules here (does it touch anything or does it touch everything?), But everyone gets points for style:

Here is the "no handball", also known as space hockey, which seems much, much more difficult at zero gravity:

We continue with "synchronized swimming in space". There is teamwork here and the team clearly worked on these routines, despite the lack of water required for the terrestrial version of the sport:

Finally, we have shooting, where they shoot something that looks like a rubber band at an improvised target:

And of course we have a closing ceremony, with JAXA (Japanese space agency) Aki Hoshide handing over an Olympic flag to the French Pesket, a very appropriate move, since the 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris.

Congratulations to all those who won a medal at the real Olympics, but we think that seeing astronauts spin synchronously with each other and chase a small ball in space will attract a huge audience to future games.


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