NASA Audio File

President Obama Speaks With Shuttle, Station Crews
President Obama spoke via special hookup from the White House with commanders George Zamka and Jeff Williams and their respective STS-130 and Expedition 22 crew members aboard the International Space Station on Feb. 17.
The event, held in the Roosevelt Room, was also attended by a member of Congress and a dozen middle school students from Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Nebraska in Washington this week for an engineering competition.

This was the second White House call to the International Space Station by President Obama. He spoke last March with the crews of STS-119 and Expedition 18.

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President Barack Obama

Cut 1 (:39) – “The amazing work that is being done on the International Space Station not only by our American astronauts but also by our colleagues from Japan and Russia is just a testimony to your human ingenuity, a testimony to extraordinary skill and courage you guys bring to bear, and a testimony to why continued space exploration is so important and is part of the reason my commitment to NASA is unwavering.”
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Cut 2 (:20) – “ I just want to repeat and I think I speak for the all young people here, and everybody back home how proud we are of you, how excited we are about the work that is being done on the Space Station, and how committed we are to continuing human space exploration in the future .”
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Jeff Williams
Expedition 22 Commander

Cut  3 (:14) – “There are a whole lot of details we can see here from the I Space station and observe every day, we can see things, we past over the same portion of the Earth every day, so it’s a regular observation that we can make over a long period of time as well.”
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