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Station Astronaut Throws Ultimate Fastball for Yankees
04.14.08
S123-E-006370: NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman Astronaut Garrett Reisman has thrown the ultimate fastball for the New York Yankees, a pitch that clocked in at better than five miles a second. But the throw was high -- at least 220 miles above the plate -- aboard the International Space Station, where Reisman is orbiting Earth as a member of the 17th resident crew.

Image right: NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman smiles for a photo at the galley on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour while docked with the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

Reisman's ceremonial pitch will debut when it opens the Yankees' game vs. the Boston Red Sox on April 16. It is the first-ever ceremonial pitch thrown from space in Yankees' history, and although it was a bit high, it was near at least part of the Yankee infield.

An avid fan and a native of Parsippany, N.J., Reisman brought along a few items to help him feel at home during his stay. With him on the station is a sample of dirt from the Yankee Stadium pitcher's mound, a Yankees banner and a Yankees hat.

› Watch Reisman throw the ceremonial first pitch from space
› Reisman discusses throwing the ceremonial first pitch

During his flight, Reisman regularly keeps up with the Yankees' progress via news feeds provided by Mission Control, Houston.

Reisman launched to the station aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on March 11, docking to the complex on March 13 to join the station's Expedition 16 crew. He remains aboard the complex to join the Expedition 17 crew this week, and he is scheduled to return to Earth aboard the shuttle Discovery in May, completing three months in orbit. The station circles Earth every 90 minutes, traveling at a speed of 17,400 miles per hour.