The morning crew on the International Space Station (ISS) played with a zero-gravity curve in the new year, while in orbit about 250 miles from Earth.
The expedition, which included NASA astronauts Kate Rubins, Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Waker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Sochi Noguchi, wished the crew a Happy New Year from space. A video posted on NASA’s social media.
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Glover said one tradition on New Year’s Eve is watching a ball drop from New York City’s Times Square, the event that had to be seen on TV this year due to the most coronavirus epidemic.
“As we celebrate the New Year from home this year, we’ve brought this famous tradition into space to share with you,” Hopkins said.
However, Noguchi added that since the astronauts are in zero gravity, there will be a “special turn” in their celebration.
“We hope this inspires you to celebrate in your own way,” Waker said.
The astronauts gave a quick calculation and Rubins, who had an inflatable globe, released it at zero gravity. Instead of the typical ball drop, the globe floats directly above their head.
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“Happy new year!” Excite the crew.