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You Can See The World Cup From Space

Bicycle kicks are so much easier in zero gravity.

1. The World Cup kicked off in Brazil, seen here from the International Space Station (ISS).

You can see three World Cup 2014 stadium cities: Arena de São Paulo, Estadio Mineirao (Belo Horizonte), and Estadio Do Maracana (Rio de Janeiro).

2. And here are the host cities as seen from a satellite.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) senses light in a range of wavelengths, and unlike a single-exposure camera, it scans a scene repeatedly to form the image.

3. U.S. and German astronauts will be cheering on their teams from aboard the ISS, 230 miles above Earth.

Especially in a few weeks when their homelands compete head to head.

4. More like Out-Of-This-World-Cup, amiright?

Let the matches begin!

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