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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374 Comments
  • 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!!!
        • NFl FanTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:57 am
          Even Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisbeger put together couldn't even through that far!
          • buckshot
            buckshotFriday, May 17, 2019 at 8:27 am
            spaceball is the new football
            • chubz77777777
              chubz77777777Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8:25 am
              i know i wish i could do that
              • NFL kingFriday, May 3, 2019 at 8:29 am
                That is so cool!
                • brawlstarschamp
                  brawlstarschampWednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:15 pm
                  WOW WOW WOW WOW THAT IS SO AWESOME!
                  • AmayaTuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:58 am
                    that was awsome
                    • AmayaThursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:16 am
                      that was awsome