NASA Audio File

STS-129 Crew Part of Washington Wizards Game Activities
The space shuttle Atlantis astronauts for mission STS-129 were introduced to the Verizon Center crowd before the Jan. 12 game between the Detroit Pistons and host Washington Wizards. The astronauts took center court for a photo op and to display an NBA jersey that was flown on their shuttle flight to the International Space Station; later, they had an opportunity to view the game. The jersey is expected to be returned to the NBA during the All-Star game in Dallas next month.

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TRT: 1:03

Bobby Satcher
STS-129 Mission Specialist

CUT 1: (:16):
Satcher: We are actually going to be to several NBA games to basically promote the fact that this jersey and traveling 4 and half million miles with it ultimately we are going to present at the NBA All star game to the NBA.
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CUT 2: (:17) Satcher: One of the things we try to promote as astronauts is physical fitness, obviously there’s no better example than being in shape and physically fit than what is demonstrated by these players in the NBA who are some of the best athletes around.
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CUT 3 (:14) Satcher: It’s a lot of fun and it puts a spot light on that particular issue which is important for our youth and it shows that astronauts care about being physically fit we have to work out all the time too.
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CUT 4: (:05) Satcher: It was a lot of fun taking the jersey and we are having a lot of fun bring it back and presenting it to the teams.
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