Sports in Space Will Be Out of This World

Now that space tourism has arrived, the next frontier is in view: space sports.

Pursuits from space soccer to Martian mountaineering are already in early planning stages. “People going into space are competitive thrill-seekers,” says Allison Dollar, co-founder of the Space Tourism Conference, an annual event organized for the aerospace, design and entertainment industries by the nonprofit Space Tourism Society. “The novelty of pondering Earth from the stars will at some point wear off—it’s only natural that we evolve to have sports in space.”