Every two years, the Olympic Games transcends cultural and language barriers and unites people from around the world in the name of spirited competition. While the Olympics might be over for this year, some astronauts on the International Space Station still want to get in on the fun, putting a hilarious Zero-G spin on the games.
In an awesome video, astronauts decided to create their own Olympics in their spare time. You can watch the video of these “athletes” competing below.
Seven separate athletes on two different teams competed for gold. This time, it was in zero gravity. But the international spirit was still the same. For synchronized swimming, they choreographed their own routines. They also played “space field hockey.”
One hilarious clip involved Russian engineer/cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov competing in a gymnastics routine, which he hilariously dubbed a “lack of floor” routine. There was also a zero gravity sharpshooting event with elastic bands that looked quite challenging.
The Astronauts Recently Had One Strange Visitor
Astronauts on the International Space Station work tirelessly. A strange guest recently paid them a visit and no, it wasn’t an alien. NASA flew a Hawai’ian squid into space for research purposes. As strange as that sentence sounds, it was for an important purpose.
Scientists didn’t just pick any old squid from the ocean. The little Hawaiian bobtail squid was raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory. The squid was sent out on a SpaceX resupply. The squid helped researcher Jamie Foster collect information about how space affects the human body.
“As astronauts spend more and more time in space, their immune systems become what’s called dysregulated. It doesn’t function as well. Their immune systems don’t recognize bacteria as easily. They sometimes get sick,” Foster explained in a statement. Foster was to study how a squid’s symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria impacted its health.
The squid didn’t go on a one-way mission, so don’t worry. The animal remained unharmed, if not a bit confused.
The International Space Station Just Hit a Major Milestone
Last Halloween, the International Space Station celebrated 20 years of housing astronauts in space. The absolutely vital research station is almost the size of a football field. It has three high-tech labs, an acre of solar panels, three toilets, six sleeping compartments, and 12 total rooms.
Miraculously, the International Space Station has encountered very few problems in its 20 years.
“It’s 500 tons of stuff zooming around in space, most of which never touched each other until it got up there and bolted up,” American Astronaut Bill Shepherd, one of the first to live in the International Space Station, told the AP. “And it’s all run for 20 years with almost no big problems.”
Now, the station provides a home to not only astronauts but Zero Gravity “Olympic” athletes.