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Space Super Bowl 2013 Beamed to Space by NASA

Super Bowl 2013 Beamed to Space by NASA

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First Posted: Feb 03, 2013 01:21 PM EST
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NASA will beam the Super Bowl game to the International Space Station. (Photo : Flickr)

And you thought that you were cool watching the Super Bowl on your new flat screen television. Astronauts at the International Space Station will be getting a close look at their favorite football teams as they watch the Super Bowl from space this year.

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NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston will beam the Super Bowl game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens to the six astronauts currently residing at the space station. It seems that while the astronauts may be miles away from the field, they won't miss any of the action.

This isn't the first time that NASA has beamed a game to the space station, either. Astronauts were also able to watch the 2012 Olympics Games from the comfort of space. However, the astronauts residing at the space station aren't all American, which makes beaming a traditionally American game to the space station an interesting choice.

Currently, only two of the astronauts on the space station are American (commander Kevin Ford and flight engineer Tom Marshburn). The other four are composed of one Canadian astronaut (Chris Hadfield) and four Russian cosmonauts (Evgeny Tarelkin, Oleg Novitskiy and Roman Romanenko). The group makes up the station's Expedition 34 team, according to Space.com.

While the astronauts may have to subsist on freeze dried food and forgo their chicken wings and nachos, it seems that they won't have to miss one of America's favorite games. The game itself is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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