Astronaut wears Yanks pride on sleeve

Updated: May 19, 2010, 5:11 PM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

Astronaut Garrett ReismanAP Photo/NASACheck out the logo on astronaut Garrett Reisman's left sleeve.

The Yankees play in New York, but they're a global brand.

Actually, make that a universal brand.

Photographs this week showed astronaut Garrett Reisman with a Yankees logo on the left sleeve of his space suit while he made a 7½-hour spacewalk.

On Reisman's equipment is the No. 27. That's how many World Series the Yankees have won, the most recent coming last November.

Dr. Reisman, 42, is a crew member for the space shuttle Atlantis. He was born in Morristown, N.J., but his NASA biography says he considers Parsippany, N.J., to be his hometown.

"If I was up there, I would be wearing a Yankees patch, too," his mother, Sheila, told the New York Post. "We are big Yankees fans."

A partial power outage at the International Space Station briefly interrupted Monday's spacewalk, knocking out robotic camera views of Reisman and Stephen Bowen as they worked to install a spare antenna.

The outage happened two hours into the spacewalk. The space station's main command-and-control computer suddenly crashed. A backup computer kicked in, but power temporarily was lost to some equipment, including the video monitors being used by the robot arm operator, Piers Sellers.

Reisman was perched on the end of the space station's 58-foot robot arm when Sellers lost his camera views. Bowen was working with connectors on the space station's framework. The lead flight director later said that may have inadvertently contributed to the computer shutdown.

NASA said neither spacewalker was ever in any danger. In 10 to 15 minutes, everything was back to normal, although the backup computer remained in charge.

"Ah, much better," Sellers said when his camera views came back.

On Tuesday, Reisman operated the space station's robot arm to attach a new Russian chamber to the International Space Station.

Reisman delivered the module with such precision that the first capture sensor didn't even go off.

"He went right down the middle and got a hole-in-one," Mission Control said.

Reisman was assisted by Sellers, who called out all the milestones.

This was the first time NASA delivered a Russian compartment to the 12-year-old space station.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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