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Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, who is scheduled for a four-month stint at the International Space Station starting in July, said in Tokyo that he is eager to “play some sports during this summer’s Olympics while orbiting” the Earth.

The 43-year-old astronaut told a news conference Wednesday that he would like to take time observing the Earth from the ISS. A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying Hoshide and two other astronauts will lift off July 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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