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Governor Makes Long Distance Space Call

It’s a day of rest for Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts as they head into the last few days of their 13-day mission. As Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, part of the day’s activities included a long-distance call from Texas Governor Rick Perry. “Discovery ISS, this is Governor Perry. How do you read me?” “Governor […]

It’s a day of rest for Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts as they head into the last few days of their 13-day mission. As Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, part of the day’s activities included a long-distance call from Texas Governor Rick Perry.

“Discovery ISS, this is Governor Perry. How do you read me?” “Governor Perry, this is mission specialist Mike Fossum on board Discovery. Loud and clear sir.” “Howdy”. “Howdy”.

Both the governor and Fossum are Texas A&M grads and spent part of their conversation catching-up on old friends. Fossum has gone on three spacewalks during the current mission and is the first Aggie in space. He thanked the governor for his continued support of the space program.

“It’s great having America’s space home in Houston.” “Well it is. And again, you all make us really proud of the job that you do and we’ll continue to be supporting the space program and those of you who day in and day out are the pioneers of the modern day that are really making a great difference. God bless you and “Gig ’em.” “Gig ’em governer. Thank you very much.”

The shuttle is expected to un-dock from the International Space Station on Saturday and return home on Monday. NASA hopes to launch two additional shuttle missions before the end of the year. So far this mission, the crew has made space station repairs, tested a repair putty and transferred several tons of supplies and cargo.

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