It is official, Tremendous Bowl LVIII has reached outer area.
Two NASA astronauts apparently equipped for the large showdown between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas immediately (Feb. 11) by tossing the outdated pigskin across the Worldwide Area Station.
Getting some reps in earlier than #SuperBowl Sunday 🏈 pic.twitter.com/ATM6hJXW8aFebruary 10, 2024
“Getting some reps in earlier than Tremendous Bowl Sunday,” NASA wrote on X (previously Twitter) whereas sharing a brief video of the Expedition 70 astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara tossing the soccer on the station on Feb. 10.
In the video, which final simply 4 seconds with out sound, Moghbeli throws the soccer at a digicam as O’Hara floats in weightlessness at her facet holding a microphone. It is a harrowing toss, because the pair have been in a packed module of the station, surrounded by laptops, cables and different tools.
You possibly can see Moghbeli snicker because the soccer bounces off one thing off display and are available floating again.
The astronauts weren’t the one ones to get in on the Tremendous Bowl forward of immediately’s sport. The Canadian Area Company released a short video on X displaying its Dextre robotic on the station’s hull carrying a soccer referee jersey. Within the animated clip, the robotic raises its arms in a landing signal as the gang goes wild.
“A brand new referee has incredible view from area!” the Canadian Area Company wrote within the X submit. “Dextre, the Area Station Canadian robotic helper, needs you a fantastic Tremendous Bowl LVIII this Sunday!”
A brand new referee has a incredible view from area! 🏈 Dextre, the @Space_Station Canadian robotic helper, needs you a fantastic Tremendous Bowl LVIII this Sunday! @NFL #SBLVIII pic.twitter.com/JGBgjTwDsyFebruary 9, 2024
NASA has had run-ins with the Tremendous Bowl earlier than.
In 2017, Houston – the hometown of NASA’s Mission Management and Johnson Area Middle – hosted Tremendous Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons (spoiler alert: the Patriots received 34 to twenty-eight) and NASA celebrated with a space-themed Tremendous Bowl Dwell expertise, area testing of NFL regulation footballs and extra.
In 2010, the opening coin toss of Tremendous Bowl XLIV was made with a coin that flew in area and NASA even recruited a former NFL soccer participant as an astronaut: Leland Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions as a large receiver in 1986 and was injured a yr later whereas with the Dallas Cowboys, ending his soccer profession.
Melvin joined NASA in 1998 and flew on two area shuttle missions earlier than retiring from NASA in 2014.