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Astronauts Compete In First Ever Space Badminton Contest. Everyone Was A Winner

While Olympians from world over are gearing up for the Winter Games in South Korea, players from America, Russia and Japan came together for a really important and one-of-its-kind Badminton game.But at a different arena altogether.

The contenders - all Astronauts at the International Space Station - were NASA's Joseph Akaba, JAXA's Norishige Kanai and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov who came together for the first ever space badminton tournament.

The ISS crew played a doubles badminton game as part of a project to showcase their life in zero gravity, reported Russia Today .

The interstellar tournament saw the astronauts taking on their opponents while handling the challenges of zero gravity.

Current ISS commander, Russian Astronaut Alexander Misurkin said the outer space badminton game was "tantamount to placing a flag on Mars"

The video of the match, played on January 1, was released on Tuesday by the Russian space agency "Roscosmos" on their YouTube page.The teams didn't keep score and everyone was a winner in the tournament.

Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, one of the badminton players, in an earlier video demonstrated how to fly a vacuum cleaner in space.


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