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World's Game Taken to a Higher Level

June 01, 2002|Jim Barrero

The American-Russian crew aboard the international space station can follow their favorite World Cup teams from orbit, thanks to updates from accommodating colleagues at mission control, Russian space officials said.

"During communication sessions with the ISS, teams from the Russian and U.S. mission control centers will make up news reports about the soccer championship," deputy chief of Russian Mission Control Viktor Blagov told Interfax news agency.

He said the crew will not be able to see video of the games, however, because of technical complications.

Americans Daniel Bursch and Carl Walz have been living aboard the orbiting outpost since December along with their Russian commander, Yuri Onufrienko.

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