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Old 10-18-02, 12:46 PM
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First Pitch To Be Thrown By Space Station Crew

First Pitch To Be Thrown By Space Station Crew
By Paul Gough
Friday, October 18, 2002

Thanks to an idea by Major League Baseball sponsor Radio Shack, the ceremonial World Series first pitch will go where no baseball has ever gone before: 240 miles above Edison Field in Anaheim, Calif., thrown by the crew of the International Space Station.

Radio Shack, Major League Baseball and FOX – which is televising the game beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday – joined forces with NASA in a feat of modern technology to provide the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants with the ceremonial first pitch.

NASA spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said this morning that early in the telecast, American astronaut Peggy Whitson will throw a ball to space station commander Valery Korzun, who will play the catcher. There’s a baseball and glove aboard the zero-g environment of the Space Station.

“They’ve got their own team up there,” Hawley said.

Hawley said the space station crew, in its 135th day in space, were asked if they would like to participate in the FOX telecast and they agreed enthusiastically.

“It’s fun for the crew to do,” she said.

Hawley said the idea was floated to NASA by Radio Shack, an official sponsor of Major League Baseball. A previous space shuttle crew had appeared in a National Football League pregame show but this is the first time the International Space Station has gotten involved.

The International Space Station, a joint project of the United States, Russia and 14 other nations, has played host to five Russian and American crews for more than a year. The station is being assembled in orbit and when completed will measure 360 feet across and 290 feet long. The fifth crew – Whitson, Korzun and Cosmonaut Sergei Treschev – will be in space until at least next month when they are scheduled to return to Earth aboard the shuttle Endeavor.

Although the idea originated with Radio Shack and was approved by FOX and Major League Baseball, Hawley said there would be no logos or commercial endorsements involved with the Space Station crew’s participation. There was also no charge or sponsorship money involved, either.

“We’re limited in our ability to endorse,” Hawley said.

Radio Shack couldn’t be reached for comment.

FOX said it was going to take a satellite link from NASA, which is in almost constant contact with the Space Station, which is traveling 11,000 miles an hour 240 miles above the Earth.



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Old 10-18-02, 01:07 PM
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It'll probably come as close to home plate as that one time Ronald Reagan threw out the first pitch...
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Weird...thought it was going to be thrown by Mickey Mouse.
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They should work out the orbits, and have them throw the ball out the window towards the earth at just the right time, so it becomes a flaming meteor heading over the stadium. That would rule.

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Before the shuttle launched, did the astronauts know beforehand that they would be doing this? Or did they just happen to have a ball and mitt on board?

If they already had the ball and mitt...my question is...why? Why the hell did they have that? In zero gravity, they can just throw a freakin' wadded up paper ball and it'd have the same effect and velocity probably, huh?

Forgive me, I'm not a science geek.

Anyway, I think the idea is kinda lame.

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Won't it burn up in re-entry?
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Won't it burn up in re-entry?
That was my first question too, but the article says:

"NASA spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said this morning that early in the telecast, American astronaut Peggy Whitson will throw a ball to space station commander Valery Korzun, who will play the catcher."
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Hmm, first pitch is 240 miles away from stadium, guess they are really afraid to pitch to Bonds...
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Yeah, but if they can get it thru re-entry without burning up, it should be coming across the plate at around 5000 MPH. I don't think he is going to be able to turn on that one.

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Hmm, first pitch is 240 miles away from stadium, guess they are really afraid to pitch to Bonds...
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