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Olympic Games in Space

The Olympic spirit has travelled far beyond the confines of Earth as the astronauts on the International Space Station dream up their own zero-gravity version.

As a tribute to the games, they decided to join in on the fun in the name of sportsmanship and created their own Space Olympics. To add to the gravity of the situation, the crew even went on to award Olympic medals to the winners.

For the space games, the crew split into two cohesive teams: the Soyuz team and the CrewDragon team. They are all pretty fit, as the ISS crew does two-and-a-half hours of exercise a day. But what would be the sports of Space Olympics?

Without gravity or much (interior) space, the crew had to come up with original ideas. Obviously, the 100m sprint was out of the question and swimming or diving were impossible.

So, the events ranged from synchronized floating or lack-of-floor routine to (very) long jumps and no-hand ball. To make things more authentic, the team even hung mini flags of all the countries in the world to the roof of the ISS lab.

It's further proof, if any were needed, that the Olympic Games can inspire anyone, anywhere.


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