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Astronauts on space stations routinely do things for their own entertainment and also things for public outreach/entertainment of folks on Earth.

Videos below are examples.

But I'm curious about any evidence of reduced gravity sports in earnest.

Question: Do astronauts play reduced gravity sports when folks on Earth aren't watching? For reasons other than making occasional videos for public outreach? For example, for the pure fun of it or for the exercise or both? Has it ever become a quasi-regular thing?

If so, what sports?

note: All space stations and crewed and uncrewed spaceflight missions are on the table here.


First video is mostly loud music on audio, but between roughly 06:45 and 08:45 there is ambient sound and and explanation of No-Handball:

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  • $\begingroup$ This year the three astronauts aboard Tiangong are likely quite busy setting up shop but had time to comment about the olympics. youtube.com/watch?v=LZMS1efbCvM In four years Tiangong will likely be better established much larger and there may be more time for sports. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 14, 2021 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ Ambiguity in the opening paragraphs: Is "for real" defined as "do things their own entertainment", or is "for own entertainment" excluded from "for real". In any case, this could use a definition of what you consider "real". $\endgroup$ Aug 14, 2021 at 10:55
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    $\begingroup$ I wonder how No-Handball is different from No-Football (No-Soccer for our Non-ESA friends) $\endgroup$
    – asdfex
    Aug 14, 2021 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @SE-stopfiringthegoodguys for real means "other than for occasional videos for public outreach". It's right there within the same sentence. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 14, 2021 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ I saw a video once of two astronauts throwing playing cards at a container, does that count as a "sport"? It was quite amusing to see a gently thrown card spinning across the 'room' in a flat arc, taking a good 20 second to cross to the target. $\endgroup$ Aug 27, 2021 at 6:22

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