Astronaut Can Watch College Football in Space

Barry Wilmore gets NASA to offer games

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 5, 2014 6:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barry Wilmore blasts off for the International Space Station on Sept. 25 for a six-month mission, which is great for him as an astronaut but lousy for him as a college football fan. Solution: NASA has agreed to provide the new SEC network on the ISS so Wilmore can get his fix, reports the Tennessean, which adds that the 51-year-old Wilmore played college ball himself at Tennessee Tech. (NASA, in fact, seems sympathetic to its sports-loving astronauts, making sure that the ISS crew could watch World Cup games this summer, notes USA Today.)

"I don't watch a lot of sports—my wife might not agree with that—but I do like to watch football, the SEC Game of the Week, and I try to catch Tech every chance I get," Wilmore tells the Tennessean.

In this file photo, space shuttle Atlantis commander Charles Hobaugh, left, and pilot Barry Wilmore are seen.
In this file photo, space shuttle Atlantis commander Charles Hobaugh, left, and pilot Barry Wilmore are seen.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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