Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth and on Wednesday, he proved that he could be the fastest in space as well.
The Jamaican sprint legend boarded a special Airbus Zero G plane, where Bolt challenged two of his fellow passengers to a foot race and won it comfortably in the end.
French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and CEO of Novespace and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle, who were onboard with him, tried their best to match up to Bolt but – like many others in different conditions – they failed.
And after the win, he celebrated it in style by doing his trademark celebration and by opening a bottle of champagne – Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar – which was made to allow astronauts to drink bubbles in space.
“I was nervous but as soon as the first one (parabola) goes you kind of go ‘oh my God, what’s happening’. But after the third one I was like ‘yeah, it’s crazy’,” Bolt told Reuters TV.
The bottle was designed by champagne-maker Mumm in order to capitalise on the advent of space tourism.
“The tourists will be enjoying the view of the earth, the view of space, weightlessness, and they will celebrate. So maybe there is not a market for a lot of bottles in space, but there is a market for some bottles,” said Jean-Francois Clervoy.
Taking a break from his efforts to become a professional soccer player, Bolt said he felt like a “kid in a candy store” after spending about four minutes floating and joking around in near-weightless conditions.