Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Astronauts will monitor Obama visit

Astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery will monitor President Barack Obama's Thursday visit to Kennedy Space Center, but likely won't watch his speech live.

Obama is scheduled to make a "major space policy" speech at 2:45 p.m., shortly before the crew's bedtime at 4:21 p.m.

Discovery commander Alan Poindexter said while the crew is kept abreast of current news, there were "no plans to tie us in to" Obama's speech.

"We’re real busy and tomorrow is a big day," Poindexter said.

The crew will be doing final preparations Thursday before leaving the International Space Station early Saturday morning. Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center Monday morning.

The commander made the comments Wednesday morning during a news conference with all 13 International Space Station residents.

The crowded scene had the nine men lined up in two rows and the four women floating upside down.

The Discovery crew gets to take the next several hours off to relax, exercise and communicate with loved ones at home.

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