Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Surprise White House Call to Shuttle Crew Upcoming

The final full day of docked operations between shuttle Discovery and the international space station has begun, and with news of a special call upcoming from the Roosevelt room this morning.

At about 9:49 am EDT today, President Barack Obama will call the crews of the shuttle & station - from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in what NASA's Mission Control is keeping as a surprise for the crews. Mr. Obama will be joined by local school children and senators.

Discovery's crew awoke this morning at 6:13 am EDT, to the music of Andrew's Song by the band Tree Stump (mission specialist John Phillips' daughter plays base guitar in the group) while the shuttle-station complex sailed 220 miles over the northwestern Pacific Ocean while in orbital darkness [above image].

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