Army Astronauts Speak with Soldiers from Space
ISS Commander Jeff Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer, an Army colonel, talk with U.S. forces while orbiting 220 miles above Earth during the 2009 holiday season.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 4, 2009) -- During the holidays, some U.S. forces in Iraq got the chance to talk with two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who also are far away from their families and friends.

Station Commander Jeff Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer, an Army colonel, talked with U.S. forces while orbiting 220 miles above Earth. Servicemembers talked with the astronauts about life on the station, their military careers and what it is like to live in space for up to six months.

Technology developed for the space and Earth science programs at NASA is currently being repurposed for use to protect Soldiers in Iraq and across the globe. Examples include satellite-based communications and weather resources, GPS, and other NASA spinoffs.

NASA Television provided live coverage of the conversations, with video from aboard the station during the event. A video file with edited footage from both the station and the servicemembers in Iraq is available on the NASA Web site.

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