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Video: How Do Astronauts Watch the Super Bowl in Space?

The International Space Station

The International Space Station // NASA

With the 50th Super Bowl coming up in a few months, even the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be able to watch the game.

The ability to watch live sports games in space is relatively new, as NASA recently put a projector on board the station. 

"Hopefully, one day in the future we'll just have a table in front of us and the game will be like a hologram," said NASA Astronaut Barry Wilmore.

As human spaceflight continue and hopefully reaches new destinations, keeping a connection with news and culture back on Earth will be essential. 

"When you're living on the International Space Station for a long duration like that, you lose touch with what life is like," said NASA Astronaut Michael S. Hopkins. "I remember when I landed there were things I didn't realize I missed while I was on orbit until I got back around them. So, ways we can find to keep people connected are very important."

To learn more, check out the video below from Wired: 

By Caitlin Fairchild December 16, 2015

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