NASA Exhibits Coming to Little League Baseball World Series – Ceremonial First Pitch to be in Space
It is said that a baseball field has theoretically unlimited dimensions, with foul lines that extend to infinity. This August, at the 64th Little League Baseball World Series, fans will get a close look at another kind of infinity: space.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will provide several items for display in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum during the World Series. One of the items expected to be on display in the museum will be the space suit worn by Little League graduate Dr. Story Musgrave, who repaired the Hubble Space Telescope on one of his six missions on the Space Shuttle. Dr. Musgrave was enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence in 1994.
Little League Baseball World Series visitors also will be able to see a moon rock brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts during the 1970s.
Another highlight will be a first for any Little League game. On Aug. 20 during Opening Ceremonies, the ceremonial first pitch from the International Space Station will be seen on the scoreboard video screen at Little League Volunteer Stadium. Astronauts aboard the station will record the ceremony before the event as they orbit some 250 miles above the Earth’s surface.
“We are grateful to NASA for its willingness to help make the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series one of the most memorable,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “The men and women who go into space for the advancement of knowledge and science are true heroes and role models, and we are proud to bring their stories to the World Series participants and fans.”
Specific dates and times for the various events will be announced this summer.