The London Marathon took place on Sunday, April 24th and a British astronaut decided to participate in the sporting event… from space.
Astronaut Tim Peake was strapped to a treadmill in the International Space Station and completed the 26.2 mile race in three hours and 35 minutes.
As if this wasn’t cool enough, Peake ran along with a digital simulation of the actual race route that was created on an iPad app. That must have taken some serious skills to make.
I can’t even run a marathon on the ground with gravity, never mind in space where I would be floating around in zero gravity. Do you know what the crazy part is? He isn’t the first person in space to run a marathon! American astronaut Sunita Williams ran the Boston Marathon in 2007.
If I was an astronaut, I would be way too occupied with making sure I didn’t float off into the void instead of running a marathon. Good on these people!
Here is a great video Tim Peake took from space. How beautiful!