NASA’s astronauts aboard the International Space Station have very little to do for fun but they never leave any opportunity to celebrate, even when they are high above the earth. The astronauts Jessica Meir, Andrew Morgan, and Christina Koch recently celebrated the current season of the MLB World Series by playing baseball inside the ISS. A video has been released which shows Meir tossing a pitch to Andrew Morgan. The ball can be seen floating inside the ISS due to the lack of gravity. Morgan used a short pipe-like object as a baseball bat to smack the ball back to Meir.
Christina Koch than picks a microphone to announce that they are proud to be from Houston, home of the nation’s astronaut corps. Koch also talked about the moon mission under which NASA is planning to land a man and woman astronauts near the lunar south pole by 2024. The corps is based at Lyndon B Johnson Space Center in Houston. It is the US space agency’s center for human spaceflight, where human spaceflight research, training, and flight control are conducted. However, the agency’s headquarter is based in Washington. The baseball match played by the three astronauts was to celebrate the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.
Meir has also posted a photo of a baseball floating in the ISS’s seven-window Cupola module with the beautiful blue planet in the background. “This 28,160 km per hour fastball found its way to the ISS’ cupola,” Meir tweeted. We must tell you that the International Space Station circles Earth at about 28,160 km/h or 17,500 mph. This is not the first sports-related activity carried out inside the ISS. Earlier in March this year, astronauts shared images of ballparks that they clicked from space to celebrate the opening of the MLB’s 2019 regular season. The ISS astronauts had shared a video on Twitter that showed what 30 MLB ballparks would look like from space. The first pitch from space was thrown in 1995 to coincide with the opening pitch for the 5th game of the 1995 World Series.