Today, in honor of the start of the 2014 World Cup, ISS astronauts beamed down a message of congratulations to the team and shared with Earth-bound fans this delightful video of their zero-gravity soccer game. It looks really, really fun.
NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman joined German Alexander Gerst in wishing the teams good luck. "We want to wish all the teams and fans on the ground in Brazil a great World Cup. Have fun and have peaceful games. May the best win and viel glück." Added Wiseman, "We'll be watching on the International Space Station." So you know, no pressure.
'Peaceful' might seem like an odd way to describe the World Cup, considering the fact that several people have died during pre-game construction, transit workers have been striking in Brazil, and historically, some losses have prompted violent responses. But in space, the game is indeed quite peaceful, but still pretty awesome. It looks like a slowed down version of a specially-effected martial arts fight scene.
With that, let the games on Earth begin.