October 26, 2021

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#Tokyo2020: Highlights from the first-ever space Olympics!

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To celebrate the Summer Games in Tokyo, astronauts and cosmonauts held the very first-ever space games aboard the International Space Station. Team Soyuz took on Team Dragon in a friendly competition of synchronized floating, no-hand ball, and more!
 
The station’s Expedition 65 crew split up into teams based on which spacecraft they took to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos were on Team Soyuz. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet were on Team Dragon for the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Both spacecraft arrived in April to deliver the seven-member crew for a six-month science mission in microgravity. 
 
Involving the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of ESA, people have been living and working aboard the International Space Station for more than 20 years in one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever attempted. People from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory, which has hosted more than 3,000 research investigations from scientists, researchers, and students from more than 108 countries and areas.

Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/station

Follow Team ISS on Twitter @Space_Station and Instagram and Facebook @ISS.

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