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Robert Pearlman
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NASA video release
Astronauts to watch World Cup on space station

As fans around the world tune in to World Cup 2014, a few fans out of this world will be watching, too.

United States astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst will be cheering on their teams from some 230 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station.

The crew sent down a special message to wish good luck to all the players and teams as they compete in World Cup 2014 in Brazil from June 12 until the final match July 13.

The astronauts have trained for years to work together as a unified crew, but the U.S. astronauts and their German crewmate are feeling a little friendly competition: their home countries will play against each other for a chance to advance out of Group G of the World Cup matches. USA and Germany face off June 26 at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

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Robert Pearlman
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NASA photo release
Astronauts watch the World Cup on space station

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst take a break to watch ten minutes of live World Cup matches between experiments while living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA release
Friendly rivalry pits U.S. vs. German astronauts on space station

NASA's Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst are cheering on their home countries' World Cup 2014 teams, but will the post-goal celebrations be as uplifting as those on Earth?

The astronauts have trained for years to work together as a unified crew, so they're already 260 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. But U.S. astronauts Swanson and Wiseman and their German crewmate Gerst are feeling the friendly competition more keenly Thursday (June 26), as their home countries play against each other for a chance to advance. Either or both could advance out of Group G under different scenarios possible in this year's World Cup matches. USA and Germany faced off at 11 a.m. CDT at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

Wiseman kidded his colleagues in orbit that the stronger U.S. team spirit aboard the space station is a sign the U.S. will be stronger on the field too. "I believe we will win. It's two against one up here, so I think the U.S. chances are pretty good," Wiseman said during an in-flight interview with ESPN on June 24.

Gerst is optimistic that the two teams will meet again. "I hope we kick their butt a little bit, but I'm going to hope it's going to be at the final game, not at this game on Thursday," Gerst said.

It may be just a friendly competition among the crew members, but that doesn't mean there aren’t stakes involved. "If the U.S. wins, these guys are going to draw a little U.S. flag on my head, but I think if Germany wins these guys should have to shave their heads. Either way I'm looking forward to the game. It's going to be fun," Gerst said.

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"If the U.S. wins, these guys are going to draw a little U.S. flag on my head, but I think if Germany wins these guys should have to shave their heads."

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posted 06-29-2014 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle... Nobody was watching the skies.

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According to Forbes, if the Dutch win the World Cup, the members of the Netherlands National Team will each receive a ticket to fly on XCOR Aerospace's Lynx suborbital spacecraft.
Why the Dutch team? Because that’s where XCOR Space Expeditions is headquartered. The company, which formerly operated as Space Expeditions, was purchased last week by XCOR. The company had served as a general sales agent for XCOR since 2011, and will now operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of XCOR.

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No extra seat for Lars Boom who just won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, first Dutch victory since 2005 (cycling — well, if you can call that cycling!)?

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We Are World Champion!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!

Rick Mulheirn
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The best team won.

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Alexander Gerst on the space station traded tweets with Luca Parmitano on the ground:
@astro_luca: Congratulations Germany! What a great game. I'm sure @Astro_Alex is floating happily with pride right now!

@astro_alex: Thanks, I sure am. Tonight, as awesome as it is up here in space, I would love to spend just a few hours in a German city!

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