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What would it be like to play football or baseball in space? Flight engineer Clayton Anderson, crew member on the International Space Station’s Expedition 15, shows you. Download video and audio clips of Anderson on the space station as he demonstrates and discusses these sports and others. You can mix these NASA clips and images with your own narration, original video, special effects and transitions. Preview the video and download the clips you want to use in your own multimedia project.

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Meet Clayton Anderson
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(Anderson) Hello, everybody. Welcome to the International Space Station. My name is Clayton Anderson and I'm the flight engineer No. 2. And you are right now on board with me in the Destiny lab module on board the ISS.
Anderson Loves Sports
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(Anderson) Sports have been very important to me for my entire life. I've always loved to play football, baseball, basketball -- any sport you can think of. And so, today we'd kind of like to talk to you kids a little bit about how sports can be different in space.
Football and Newton's First Law in Space
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(Anderson) One of the things we have to talk about is Newton's laws. Anything in space -- if we leave it just where it is -- it will stay there unless it's acted upon by another force. So that football, theoretically, in zero g will stay there forever until somebody acts on it with a force. And now as that football goes, it will continue to move that direction until we stop it or give it a force in another direction. So think about that if you were the field goal kicker on your football team. Then you could do this: You could tee up the football, and all by yourself, you could kick that field goal right there. It's good!
Space and a Spinning Baseball
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(Anderson) Another sport we have is baseball. Now, baseball, a lot of people know -- when you're a pitcher -- is based on the curvature of the ball and how it spins. And if a pitcher puts different spins on the ball, it will move in different directions to fool the batter.But in space it's not quite the same. As you can see, this ball's spinning, but it's not doing anything. So a batter could come up with his baseball bat, and he could just smack it right out of the park.
Batter Up in Space
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(Anderson) So now as the batter, I've had time to go back to the dugout, grab my baseball bat, set up in the box and swing. Oh, it looks like it might be a foul ball, coming back to me. So, let's try that again. Looks like it's a fast ball right down the center of the plate. It's a line shot. Oh, it's out of here.
A Knuckle Ball in Space
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(Anderson) Some of you may know that a knuckle ball is a pitch that's thrown by a pitcher that doesn't spin at all. When it doesn't spin and it goes through the airstream, it causes it to move in all different sorts of direction. And that's because of the reaction of the forces in the air and this funny non-spin of the ball. But, see, today I can throw a knuckle ball, and it goes straight as an arrow. Look at that. Didn't move a bit.
Basketball in Space
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(Anderson) As you know, in basketball we want to throw the ball through the hoop. And in order to do that on the ground, we need gravity because as we toss the ball into space, gravity will pull it back down through the hoop like that. But in space you can see it's a little bit of a different challenge. We have our basketball hoop in a different direction. If we put it up this way, which probably looks normal to most of you on the ground, it's a little bit hard to throw the ball through the hoop from out here. But we can try. See, the ball goes in a straight line and we want it to kind of arc down through the hoop. So we have to change our trajectory a little bit and see if we can bank-shot the ball into the hole. Oh, yeah, we got her.
A Real Space Jam!
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(Anderson) If you ever wanted to be Air Jordan, you can sure be Air Jordan in zero g because you just fly through the air with the greatest of ease right toward the hoop for that big jam.
Basketball Tricks in Space
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(Anderson) One other cool thing that you can do as a basketball player is you can automatically become a Harlem Globetrotter. As you can see, with no effort I'm spinning the ball on my finger. I'm cheating a little bit. But it (microgravity) makes it very easy.
Soccer Demo in Space
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(Anderson) As you can see, we can play lots of different sports on board. I'm not much of a soccer player, but you can even do soccer. You have to be careful as you shoot through the goal -- oh -- because sometimes it goes down in the hole and we have to wait for it to come back up.
Space -- A Sportsman's Paradise
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(Anderson) We can also be a receiver in any sport on board the station. And if the football pass is good, we can score that touchdown. ... So, there you go, sports fans. Zero g is a sportsman's paradise. You just have to change the rules a little bit.
Gymnastics in Space
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(Anderson) Another concept that we can illustrate in sports in zero g is the ease with which we can do some certain things. Take gymnastics, for example. Many of you may have watched young men in the Olympics, and they do a move called the iron cross on the rings, which is extremely difficult to do. But in space, it's pretty easy.

Notice the perfect form and the straight legs and the pointed toes.
Tumbling in Space
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(Anderson) For my next maneuver we're going to do a little tumbling. But for that I have to take my headset off.
Conservation of Angular Momentum in Space
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One of the concepts that we can illustrate is called the conservation of angular momentum. As I spin, when I'm bunched up in a ball, my spin is faster than when I start to stretch out my body. That's because we're curling everything around the center of mass, which causes us to rotate faster.
Tuck and Roll
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Talk About Newton's Laws
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So sharpen up those pencils, head to your physics class or your math class, and talk to your teachers about the concept of angular momentum, and talk to your teachers about Newton's Laws. How they relate to you, everyday, that you live on the earth, how they relate to us while we live here in space.

 

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