Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently showed their talents with the ball, getting into the "out-of-this-World-Cup" spirit. In the video above, American astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson joined German astronaut Alexander Gerst in saluting the world's soccer players 230 miles above the pitches in Brazil before creating a zero-gravity pitch of their own in outer space.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter wondered this week if the World Cup might one day be played on another planet, so perhaps this is a taste of mistakes yet to come from the game's governing body.
Here are some GIFs of the action:
There are currently six astronauts aboard the space station: three Russians, two Americans and one German. NASA says the crew will be able to watch the matches, including the U.S. versus Germany on June 26, aboard the space station.
Check out NASA's World Cup page, which includes some sweet space pictures of Brazil, here.
- Space & Astronomy
- World Cup 2014
- Alexander Gerst
- Sepp Blatter
- International Space Station