Dutch World Cup Team Misses Out on Free Trips to Space

Lynx cockpit view. (Credit: XCOR)
Lynx cockpit view. (Credit: XCOR)

There will be no free trips to space aboard XCOR’s Lynx for members of the Dutch World Cup team.

After 120 minutes of scoreless football, the Dutch national team fell to Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks on Wednesday. The win sent Argentina to the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday. The Dutch will play Brazil in the third-place match on Saturday.

XCOR Space Expeditions had offered the Dutch players free rides to space aboard its Lynx suborbital spacecraft if they won the World Cup this year. XCOR Space Expeditions is based in the Netherlands.

World Cup Football Provides Lessons in Aerodynamics

Dr. Rabi Mehta uses smoke and lasers to inspect the flow pattern around an Adidas Brazuca football. (Credit: NASA)
Dr. Rabi Mehta uses smoke and lasers to inspect the flow pattern around an Adidas Brazuca football. (Credit: NASA)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (NASA PR) — Fans across the globe have been cheering on their team during the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 2014 World Cup tournament. These fans include NASA engineers, who used the lead-up to the tournament to test the aerodynamics of this year’s new ball design, developed by Adidas and dubbed the Brazuca ball.

Although NASA is not in the business of designing or testing balls, the tournament provides an opportunity to explain the concepts of aerodynamics to students and individuals less familiar with the fundamentals of aerodynamics.

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Video: Space Station Astronauts Show Off Soccer Skills During World Cup

Video Caption: The International Space Station crew shows off their own World Cup moves in an “Out Of This World Cup” match. Zero-gravity offers a unique environment to explore new ways to enjoy and celebrate the world’s most popular sport. International Space Station Expedition 40 crew members Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst highlight international cooperation while traveling high and fast above the Earth.

SXC Offers Space Flights to Dutch National Team if They Win World Cup

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AMSTERDAM, June 27, 2014 (SXC PR) – Should the Dutch soccer team win the World Cup, the Dutch space travel company SXC would give them an actual spaceflight, allowing each player to claim the official title ‘Astronaut’ for the rest of his life.

SXC Co-Founder Michiel Mol: “Being a Dutch firm, we feel extremely proud of our team’s current achievements in Brazil. The breathtaking goal of Robin van Persie, and all newspaper headlines about ‘The Flying Dutchman’ have inspired us to also do something extra. We will literally try to take them to the next level; 103 km. The whole selection of 23 players and of course Louis van Gaal.

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