The ball that will be used for the openingsduel between host Russia and Saudi Arabia on the world cup football from next summer, go on an international mission in space. Wednesday night, the Telstar 18 from the ruimtebasis in the Kazakh Bajkonoer returned to the universe.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev will about the leather care. Together with the American astronauts Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel he starts on a mission to the International Space station (ISS), 400 kilometres from the earth.
“We take the ball from the opening match”, said Artemyev in the Kosmodroom in Kazakhstan. There is in Bajkonoer the oldest and largest raketlanceerplaats in the world. His Russian colleague Anton Shkaplerov brings the leather in may back to the earth.
Russia kicks the soccer world cup on 14 June in Moscow with a group competition against Saudi Arabia. The final of the world Cup is a month later, on July 15, played.