Video Of The Week — Epic Football Pass By ISS Astronaut Covers 564,664 Yards!

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Playing ball aboard the ISS (Photo Credit: ISS)

To get into the spirit of last night’s NFL Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) also decided to play “ball.” In a video released by NASA, Tim Kopra is seen gently tossing a football down the length of the ISS. By the time it got to the end, the ball had covered an astounding 564,664-yards or the distance of 5,646.64 football fields!

Sounds impossible? Not when you take into account that the space station orbits our planet at a speed of about 17,500 mph (28,163 km/h). Hence for someone measuring from Earth, the ball along with everything else aboard the ISS was covering 8,800 yards every second! Ignore the speed of the aircraft, and the ball traveled only about 80 yards. Though that is not too shabby either, do keep in mind that unlike Matt Ryan and Tom Brady, Kopra had no resistance from gravity!

Resources: Space.com, BBC.co.uk

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380 Comments
  • kjones the beasWednesday, November 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    Justin they need room for all their equipment to answer your ?
    • justinThursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:43 am
      how is the space shuddle that big
      • yeeyeeWednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:17 am
        love this article
        • overlordMonday, October 14, 2019 at 8:46 am
          that was cool!!!
          • JaxonThursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:54 am
            This is so cool. No one will ever beat this on land.
            • B lsSunday, October 6, 2019 at 10:05 am
              If you 👍 NASA, ask me question using #AskMrExpert!
              • flashfromearth9
                flashfromearth9Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 9:15 am
                this is pretty cool
                • ernesto12345678
                  ernesto12345678Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm
                  that was so cool
                  • good boyFriday, September 6, 2019 at 9:17 am
                    that far
                    • NFL PrinceTuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:59 am
                      I wish I could throw footballs better than him!!!