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Astronaut throws first pitch for NY Yankees

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Published on Apr 17, 2008

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Astronaut Garrett Reisman has thrown the ultimate fastball for the New York Yankees, a pitch that clocked in at better than five miles a second. But the throw was high -- at least 220 miles above the plate -- aboard the International Space Station, where Reisman is orbiting Earth as a member of the 17th resident crew.

Reisman's ceremonial pitch debuted when it opened the Yankees' game vs. the Boston Red Sox on April 16. It was the first-ever ceremonial pitch thrown from space in Yankees' history, and although it was a bit high, it was near at least part of the Yankee infield.

An avid fan and a native of Parsippany, N.J., Reisman brought along a few items to help him feel at home during his stay. With him on the station is a sample of dirt from the Yankee Stadium pitcher's mound, a Yankees banner and a Yankees hat.

Video courtesy NASA.

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