Obama Calls Shuttle Astronauts

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

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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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