June 28, 2014
US Astronauts Shave Heads Following World Cup Loss To Germany
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA made good on their bet with German crewmate Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. The pair shaved their heads late on June 26 to match Gerst’s bald pate in the wake of the U.S. soccer team’s loss to Germany 1-0 in the team’s World Cup showdown earlier in the day in Recife, Brazil. The crew has been following the World Cup matches closely on orbit through the uplink of programming to them. They also have been posting photos of the World Cup stadiums and their reactions to the matches on social media.