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Astronauts Make First Pitch in New York

09.01.05

From left, Astronauts Soichi Noguchi, Eileen Collins and Charlie Camarda throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls A trio of Return to Flight astronauts can now add baseball to their resumés, after tossing out the first pitch at Shea Stadium in New York.

Image left: From left, Astronauts Soichi Noguchi, Eileen Collins and Charlie Camarda on the diamond in New York. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins, a New York State native, was joined by crewmates Soichi Noguchi and Charlie Camarda, who grew up in Queens, at Wednesday night's New York Mets game.

The trio, along with fellow astronaut Steve Robinson, have been in New York this week, meeting with school children and business leaders, entertainers and athletes. The trip wrapped up Thursday as the crew met with representatives of industry at the inaugural NASA Small Business Solutions Conference.

Tuesday night, Collins chatted with David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show," giving TV viewers a first-hand description of a Shuttle launch.

Eileen Collins Image left: Eileen Collins on the "Late Show with David Letterman." Image from video courtesy CBS/Worldwide Pants.

"If you had not trained to launch in the Space Shuttle," Collins told Letterman, "you'd be terrified." Describing the acceleration to 17,500 miles an hour, Collins said, "you are hauling ... and for somebody who won't ride rollercoasters, I'll fly the Space Shuttle."

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Tuesday morning, Collins, Camarda, and Robinson were welcomed back to Earth by hundreds of children and other visitors to the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The astronauts talked about their mission and answered kids' questions.

The Discovery astronauts returned to Earth August 9, after a successful mission to resupply the International Space Station, as well as test new in-orbit inspection and repair techniques.

You can meet Astronaut Steve Robinson in the Astronaut Flight Lounge and learn what inspired him to become an astronaut.

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