Time Square 2021 celebration in space. Nasa astronauts recreate the traditional ball drop.
New Year celebration is going on everywhere, including the space. The astronauts of NASA, wished the year in style from the space station. The astronauts greeted the people of Earth by recreating the Times Square giant ball drop traditional in their space station.
The Exp 64 of National Aeronautics & Space Administration(NASA) sent a video that shows crew members greeting New Year to the planet Earth and finally dropping the globe, with floats to the top due to zero gravity.
How can you have a ball “drop” when there is no up or down? The Exp 64 crew sends New Year’s greetings to everyone on Earth and creates its own Times Square tradition. pic.twitter.com/et4tnNEIHD
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) December 30, 2020
The International Space Station(ISS) have posted the crew’s video on their official Twitter handle. The post caption was: “How can you have a ball “drop” when there is no up or down? The Exp 64 crew sends New Year’s greeting to everyone on Earth and creates its own Time Square tradition.” In the video crew members Kate Rubin is shown to drop the ball.
Since 1904, Times Square has been doing a traditional New Year greeting to the people. This New York tourist attraction is famous for the tradition: a giant sparkling Waterford ball made of crystal, slops down a pole at sharp 12.00 AM on 1st January every year.
In the very beginning years, the giant ball was made of iron and wood cage with lights attached to it. Presently it has transformed into a technically made multicolored crystal ball.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, gatherings were prohibited this time. People weren’t allowed to see the giant ball drop physically. But virtual celebration has happened, where people can watch videos regarding the traditional event.
For the virtual celebrations, Times Square has posted a webcast on it’s social media handle, with live performances. Singer Andra Day performed on her single ‘Rise Up’, which was Grammy nominated. She also performed ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.
2021 is the first time the crowd has been cancelled to visit Times Square on New Year’s eve. In WWII, the traditional ball drop was actually banned for two consecutive years. Though the crowd had gathered then. But this time the scene is totally opposite as the ball drop did happen but people couldn’t come to see it.