Astronauts from Russia's Roscosmos, America’s NASA, and Japan's JAXA took part in the first-ever badminton tournament in space, on the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian National Federation of Badminton reported the news on Feb. 6 and even provided video of this historic event.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronauts Joseph Aqaba and Mark Vande Hai as well as JAXA's Norishige Kana - all took part. There was no winner though as nobody counted the scores - the spirit of friendship prevailed.
"The first-ever team game took place away from Earth. For me it's like placing a flag on Mars," said Commander of the 54th Expedition to the ISS Alexander Misurkin. "You are wondering why badminton? Because I love it."
According to the commander, a double winner of badminton tournaments in Russia's space training facility Start City, the sport unites people, improves health and strength, and is great fun.
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