Kazakhstan: New ISS crew promise to 'simulate' football match in space

The International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 56-57 crew promised they will simulate a football match in space during the upcoming World Cup, speaking at a pre-flight press conference in Baikonur on Tuesday. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev said the crew is going to bring a special ball licenced by UEFA to the ISS for the occasion. «The second ball will be delivered [to space] on our ship... Еще, we will pump it there with special equipment and will, of course, simulate a football match. Because, you know, the equipment on the ISS is expensive,» he stated. Discussing the World Cup, Prokopyev said he will naturally be cheering for the Russian team but admitted also that he “adores” the German team. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst for his part said the crew will definitely follow the football tournament. The Expedition 56-57 crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Maria Aunon-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. They will be launched to the ISS on board a Soyuz rocket on June 6.

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