History is about to be made, because astronauts will play the very first tennis match in space.
Tonight (August 21), NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, commander of Expedition 56 aboard the International Space Station, will try to play the first game of tennis in space, with crewmembers Ricky Arnold, Serena Auñón-Chancellor (both from NASA) and Alexander Gerst (from the European Space Agency).
In Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York – where the US is held from August 21 to September 9 – the space-based contest is shown via 3D projection map on the Unisphere, the large, metal globe that was once used as the centerpiece of the 1964-1965 New York World & # 39; s Fair. This is also the first time that a video is projected onto the Unisphere.
You can view the gravity-defying match online from 8:30 PM. until 9:30 am EDT on Facebook of the US Open, twitter and YouTube channels.
– US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 21, 2018
The United States Tennis Association began this effort with Feustel in December 2017 and the organization hopes that this competition will inspire young tennis players to be interested in space research, according to a statement by e-mail to Space.com.
When Feustel arrived at the space station, he expressed the hope that this historic competition would eventually take place. "Tennis is one of my loves," he said earlier this year on a NASA briefing. "Maybe we'll get tennis in space."
Physical fitness is essential for astronauts to stay healthy and fit in the microgravity environment onboard the space station. Astronauts must train for at least 2 hours every day to prevent their muscles and bones from decaying. So this tennis game is a first impressive, but it also shows an important aspect of life in space.