Obama Calls Shuttle Astronauts

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President Obama phoned the astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis Wednesday. He jokingly asked them whether they could check on his house in Illinois.


When communicating with space, President Obama did not use the Blackberry that he's famously kept at his side. He chose, instead, to make an old-fashioned phone call.

President BARACK OBAMA: Atlantis…

INSKEEP: That's the shuttle Atlantis, whose crew took the call yesterday.

Commander Scott Altman (Commander of Atlantis Space Shuttle): Yes, sir. This is Scott Altman, the commander. I've got my whole crew on the flight deck with you.

Pres. OBAMA: Well, it's great to talk to you commander. Where are you exactly now? Do you have any idea?

INSKEEP: They did. There were 200 miles above the Galapagos islands. The president congratulated the team on repairing the Hubble space telescope. They told him they'd snapped a picture of Chicago from outer space, though they could not spot his home in Hyde Park.

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