Out of this World Series: NASA astronauts aboard the ISS share video of them playing baseball on the ship

  • NASA astronauts on the ISS played baseball in honor of the World Series 
  • Jessica Meir, Christina Koch and Drew Morgan all joined in for the friendly game
  • Meir later shared a stunning photo on twitter with the baseball floating in the ISS 

It’s a ballgame that was out-of-this-world.

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated the World Series on Earth by playing their own game in space.

The video shared on Twitter shows Jessica Meir pitching, Christina Koch as the catcher and Drew Morgan up to bat, who was out after the first pitch. 

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NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated the World Series on Earth by playing their own game in space. The video shared on Twitter shows Jessica Meir pitching, Christina Koch as the catcher and Drew Morgan up to bat, who was out after the first pitch

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated the World Series on Earth by playing their own game in space. The video shared on Twitter shows Jessica Meir pitching, Christina Koch as the catcher and Drew Morgan up to bat, who was out after the first pitch

The baseball thrown in the game was authentic, but it appears Morgan was using a large flashlight for the bat.

Meir pitches the ball and Morgan manages to hit it, but sends it flying right back to his opponent – making him out after the first pitch.

The television station Fox worked with the crew to add a sound bite from sportscaster Joe Buck, which can be heard in the background.

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Later, Meir tweeted a photo in honor of the World Series, showing the baseball floating in front of the windows of the space station with the Earth in the background.

Later, Meir tweeted a photo in honor of the World Series, showing the baseball floating in front of the windows of the space station with the Earth in the background

Later, Meir tweeted a photo in honor of the World Series, showing the baseball floating in front of the windows of the space station with the Earth in the background

She wrote, ‘This 17,500  mph fastball found its way to the space station cupola.’

‘We hope all are enjoying watching the World Series action back on Earth!’

The mentioned of 17,500 mph in the tweet is reference to how face a space craft needs to travel in order to remain in orbit. 

Meir and her colleague and friend made history two weeks ago after completing the first all-female spacewalk.

In a more than seven-hour mission outside of the International Space Station, the women successfully completed their goal of fixing a broken power controller that supplemented its solar network.

Meir and her colleague and friend made history two weeks ago after completing the first all-female spacewalk. Pictured is the pair inside of the craft after the six hour spacewalk

Meir and her colleague and friend made history two weeks ago after completing the first all-female spacewalk. Pictured is the pair inside of the craft after the six hour spacewalk

Koch and Meir replaced battery units called BCDUs after they failed to provide increased power to the ISS.

The failure had not significantly impacted the crew or its mission but needed to be repaired nonetheless.

According to NASA, BCDUs regulate the charge for batteries that draw energy from the station’s solar collectors to provide power as the station orbits at night.

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

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It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000. 

Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low-gravity or oxygen.

ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

The US space agency, Nasa, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a level of funding that is endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee that oversees Nasa has begun looking at whether to extend the program beyond 2024.

Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.

Koch, who is also set to complete the longest single spaceflight by a woman as she remains in orbit until February 2020, said gender milestones like the spacewalk are especially significant.

‘There are a lot of people who derive motivation from inspiring stories from people who look like them, and I think that it´s an important aspect of the story to tell,’ she told a NASA briefing in Houston this month.

‘What we´re doing now shows all the work in the decades prior from all the women that worked to get us where we are today,’ Meir added.

 



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