Thanks to advancements in technology, astronauts aboard the ISS can enjoy the Tokyo 2020 games while floating 250-miles above Earth in zero-gravity. To make the best of their time during the summer games French astronaut Thomas Pesquet decided to hold the first space Olympics of sorts with his colleagues. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough / Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet formed Team Dragon. Read more to see the games and additional information.
Team Soyuz consisted of NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy / Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos. What events did they compete in? How about No-hand ball, a gamer where players had to get a ping pong ball through the hatch seals without it touching any of their body parts. They were allowed to use only their breath to move the ball around. There was also ‘synchronized floating’, a game similar to that of synchronized swimming.
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I’ll watch judo, of course, because that’s what I was doing when I was a kid, a teenager and a young man. I have a black belt in judo. I’m also a huge fan of basketball. The basketball tournament is always fantastic to watch with teams from all over the world,” said Thomas Pesquet, European Space Agency astronaut.