Obama Calls Shuttle Astronauts
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
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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