Astronauts watch the World Cup live from space

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by NICK SCHWARTZ / USA Today Sports 'For The Win'

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 3:57 PM

The crew aboard the International Space Station took a break from performing experiments and taking bicycle kicks in zero gravity to catch a bit of the Germany-Portugal game Monday.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who watched along with Americans Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson, had plenty to celebrate after Germany thrashed Portugal 4-0.

NASA has also been compiling amazing photos of the Earth’s landscape during certain matchups. Here’s what the United States and Ghana looked like Monday night.

The International Space Station is actually just a bit larger than a regulation soccer pitch.

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