Astronauts Will Watch The 2014 Football World Cup From Space: NASA

As the 2014 Football World Cup kicks off hours from now, people all over the world will be glued to their screens watching the spectacle unfold. However, what if you are someone who is actually out of this world and still wish to watch the world cup? That’s the predicament astronauts aboard the International Space Station are facing. But worry not, NASA seems to have this one covered as well.

In a press release issued by NASA, they have confirmed that United States astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson, and German astronaut Alexander Gerst would indeed be able to watch the football matches happening 230 miles below them. That’s right, these astronauts would be able to cheer for their respective world cup teams, far, far away from the surface of the earth – inside the confines of the International Space Station.

NASA also says that the crew aboard the International Space Station has even sent in a special message to the players and teams who are participating in the 2014 Football World Cup that starts today and will end on July 12, 2014 in Brazil.

While the American and German astronauts have trained together and are friends, there would be some rivalry between them when the US plays against Germany on June 26 for a chance to advance out of Group G of the World Cup matches. That match is scheduled at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. All the astronauts arrived on the International Space Station in May, and are scheduled to spend the next several months living and working in space until they return to Earth between September and November 2014.

Meanwhile, NASA has also released a stunning night picture of both Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo as seen from space.

The above image was captured by astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station

[Images via NASA]

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