Elon Musk three days ago has caught a ton of headlines with SpaceX’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. And, now the group of American, Japanese and Russian astronauts decided to play a doubles badminton match in space for the first time. The International Space Station (ISS), another first was also taking place: playing in zero gravity reportedly involved adding a new layer of “space rules” to the game.
According to the report of International Business Times, “Russian cosmonaut Alexandr Misurkin, one of the Russians who participated in the game, is a champion badminton player. After the game he compared the game aboard the ISS as “the same as putting a flag on Mars.”
The report also added, “after the game, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei suggested that it might be time for officials to consider adding an ISS module specifically for playing games. But That might not happen, since the fate of the space station overall is currently unknown. President Trump has said he is considering ending funding for the ISS by 2025.”
Watch how Astronauts play the very first Badminton Game on Space:
Only in space: Cosmonauts face off against astronauts for the inaugural title of space badminton champion aboard the International Space Station. @roscosmos @NASA @Space_Station pic.twitter.com/BSwtniq2sz
— Cormac Walsh (@CormacWalsh) February 6, 2018
Well, the twist is that the players decided not to keep score and declare ‘friendship’ as the winner:
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) February 6, 2018
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