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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  • overlordabout 2 years
    that was cool!!!
    • Jaxonabout 2 years
      This is so cool. No one will ever beat this on land.
      • B lsabout 2 years
        If you 👍 NASA, ask me question using #AskMrExpert!
        • flashfromearth9
          flashfromearth9about 2 years
          this is pretty cool
          • ernesto12345678
            ernesto12345678about 2 years
            that was so cool
            • good boyabout 2 years
              that far
              • NFL Princeabout 2 years
                I wish I could throw footballs better than him!!!
                • NFl Fanover 2 years
                  Even Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisbeger put together couldn't even through that far!
                  • buckshot
                    buckshotover 2 years
                    spaceball is the new football
                    • chubz77777777
                      chubz77777777over 2 years
                      i know i wish i could do that