The Philadelphia Eagles have fanbases all across the country and the world, people who pride themselves on bleeding green and white and fiercely loving the birds. Believe it or not, the Eagles have fans far beyond the borders of our world, in outer space! Recently, US Astronaut Christina Koch showed our beloved birds some love all the way from space, and it was pretty cool!
In a place far, far away, astronaut Christina Koch spent some of her time this past Friday, January 3rd, relaxing and watching the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys from the game on Dec. 22. She shared on Twitter that a frequently asked question for astronauts is how their free time is used and what they do in their free time. For Koch personally, she said “For me it’s mostly photography, spending the time with my crew, reading, and watching sports like surfing and football. Lately, I’ve been a fan of Sundays.” She ended her tweet with none other than the iconic Eagles hashtag, #FlyEaglesFly.
You might be wondering, “How do astronauts watch TV in space?” According to Brian Barrett of Wired, the ISS recently installed an HD projector and specially designed 65-inch screen to go along with it, so you can imagine what the picture quality looks like. For live broadcasts, the Johnson Space Center is responsible, Nasa spokesperson Stephanie Schierholz notes that, “television infrastructure pulls in programming from both commercial and cable outlets, and can route any connection to Mission Control for uplink to the crew.”
While it is a shame Astronaut Koch won’t be able to see our Eagles make it farther into the playoffs or divisional championship, her support for the birds still matters!