Astronauts on ISS Will Have Orbital View of the Super Bowl
Due to the reduced capacity in the stadium for this year’s Super Bowl, most fans will have to watch the game from home. But some people will watch further afield as the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which is scheduled to fly over the stadium during the game.
The ISS crew, currently larger than usual with a total of seven astronauts, is enjoying a three-day weekend and taking a well-deserved break after a busy month of space walks and cargo ship departures. And on Sunday evening, February 7th, the station’s orbit will pass over the Super Bowl location in Tampa, Florida.
According to NASA’s Spot the Station tool, the ISS will pass over Tampa on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. CET, approximately 45 minutes after the game starts at 6:30 p.m. CET. JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi even snapped a photo of the Super Bowl location as he flew over it on Friday and shared the photo of the host city of Tampa on Twitter:
#Tampa, #Florida. Host City #NFL #SuperBowl LV #SBLV The decisive American football battle to come, #Super Bowl venue #Tampa. pic.twitter.com/A2foR00L5G
– NOGUCHI, Soichi Satoshi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) (@Astro_Soichi), February 5, 2021
This won’t be the only notable event for the ISS crew this weekend. NASA says the Expedition 64 crew – NASA flight engineers Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA flight engineer Noguchi – will beat the previous record for most days in space held by a single crew on board one US spacecraft. The previous record was 84 days and was set in 1974 by the Skylab 4 crew. With the commissioning of the new SpaceX Crew Dragon crew capsule, launches from the USA are under way again.
The NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and the Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, who have been there since October 2020, are currently on board the space station. In April of this year, three more Roscosmos cosmonauts will be added. A total of 10 crew members. That won’t take long, however, as the original three crew members will return to Earth a few weeks later.