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Tourists Play Badminton on the International Space Station | Digital Trends Spanish


The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) and the pair of Japanese tourists who arrived on December 8 in a Soyuz capsule played a game of badminton at 4,000 meters above the Earth. Those involved justified their game with a message in which they talk about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise.

And yes, we say that they justified it because, to tell the truth, if you are a tourist who paid several thousand dollars to be one more crew member of the International Space Station, where you are definitely anything but comfortable, the least you can do is enjoy the lack of gravity. And what better than to do it with a game of badminton.

In addition to the crew of the International Space Station, made up of specialists from NASA and Roscosmos (the Russian space agency), the players were the Japanese Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire owner of a clothing chain in Japan, and its producer, Yozo Hirano. , who was in charge of recording part of the nice game and is also in charge of documenting the trip.

Japanese mogul Yusaku Maezawa paid thousands of dollars to fly to the ISS. Photo: Getty Images

It was not disclosed how much Maezawa paid for his trip, but similar trips have been priced at $ 250,000.

Maezawa and Hirano arrived at the International Space Station on December 8 aboard a Soyuz capsule and accompanied by cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. The three will return to Earth on December 20 aboard the same capsule in which they arrived at the ISS.

The pair of Japanese tourists are the first to make a “pleasure” trip to the International Space Station since 2009, when the founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, paid a trip to the same “space hotel”.

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