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World Cup Mania Makes It to Outer Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station got into the World Cup spirit with a game of zero-gravity soccer

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The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil, and International Space Station crew members celebrated the event’s kickoff by playing some floating soccer.

In this video, crew members Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst kick around a soccer ball while floating around a room in the space station.

Soccer minus gravity would make a poor sporting event — but it makes for one awesome video.

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