Tennis Is Out Of This World

September 7, 2018

Astronauts have been having a little bit of fun in space lately. After all, it can’t be all space work all the time, right? Well, astronauts do have very important work to perform when they’re stationed in outer space, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a little fun. As part of a larger effort to increase interest in tennis, the United States Tennis Association and NASA teamed up to host the first-ever tennis match in space! Astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold teamed up to play against astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst for a friendly game of tennis on the International Space Station. It was quite a challenge, given the lack of a little something called gravity. The players had to change the rules a bit since … well … the balls simply didn’t bounce and any tricks to spin the ball on a serve or return just weren’t possible. But hey, we don’t know about you, but playing tennis in space, even without this thing called gravity that makes tennis possible here on Earth, still seems pretty awesome. If we were asked to play, we’d give it our best shot!

If you had a chance to do something on the International Space Station, what would it be? Email editor@xyzanews.com with your thoughts and you might just be quoted in our next newspaper!

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