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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

September 28, 2005
RELEASE : 05-038
Astronaut Carl Walz to Throw First Pitch at Indians' Game
Astronaut Carl Walz, a Cleveland native, is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Cleveland Indians' game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Walz will present the Indians' organization with a Cleveland Indians shirt he wore while onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and video highlighting Walz's time on the ISS will be shown.

NASA Glenn Research Center employees and their families will be at the ballpark. During the game, Eva, the larger-than-life inflatable astronaut, will interact with Slider to entertain the fans.

Walz was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in January 1990. He is a veteran of four space flights, and has logged 231 days in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993); the orbiter flight engineer on STS-65 (1994); was a mission specialist on STS-79 (1996) and served as flight engineer on ISS Expedition Four (2001-2002). Walz and fellow astronaut Dan Bursch currently hold the U.S. space flight endurance record of 196 consecutive days in space.

Presently, Walz is the associate director for the Life Support and Habitation program of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the development of advanced spacecraft life support, monitoring and control systems and extravehicular activity suits to support the Vision for Space Exploration.

A 1973 graduate of Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, Ohio, Walz received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio in 1977 and a master of science in solid state physics from John Carroll University, Cleveland in 1979.


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