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“Play ball!” Space station astronauts celebrate the World Series with an orbital step

The astronauts put on a presentation in space to celebrate the start of this year’s World Series.

Four crew members of the International Space Station’s current Expedition 68 mission took to space to celebrate Game 1 of the World Series, which saw the Philadelphia Phillies narrowly beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on Friday (October 29). . But there’s time for a comeback as the Astros won Game 2 and tonight (October 31) the teams are playing Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

“We’re thrilled to see the World Series return to Space City,” Expedition 68 NASA astronaut Josh Kassada says in a video posted October 29 to Major League Baseball’s Twitter. (will open in a new tab) An account that briefly highlights the role of the space station in preparation for future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Numerous crews played ball sports in orbit, from football to golf. In 2018, astronauts even pulled off a Halloween stunt by imagining themselves as billiard balls in orbit to attract students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

See also: World Cup in space: astronauts play space football on the space station

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Four astronauts — NASA astronauts Josh Kassada, Nicole Mann and Frank Rubio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata — talked about science in the video before stepping aside for a ceremonial speech. (Three other members of the Expedition 68 crew—cosmonauts Anna Kikina, Dmitry Petelin, and Sergei Prokopyev—do not appear in the video.)

“We wanted to take a moment to wish both teams the best of luck for the upcoming games,” Mann says in the video moments before Rubio softly tosses the baseball to Wakate.

Wakata’s catch, taken right in front of the camera, is flawless – probably no surprise given that the Japanese astronaut had 347 days of space experience on five missions even before he joined the SpaceX Crew-5 mission, his latest excursion.

The Phillies will have home advantage in games 3, 4, and 5 of the 118th World Series. If necessary, the series will return to Houston (which had a better regular season record than Philadelphia) for games 6 and 7.

Elizabeth Howell is co-author of Why Am I Taller? (will open in a new tab)? (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), space medicine book. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace. (will open in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (will open in a new tab) or facebook (will open in a new tab).

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