Astronaut Jay Buckey, Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's 2008 US Senate election, threw out the first pitch at the New Hampshire Fisher Cat's “Space Exploration Day,” on Sunday, August 12. Dr. Buckey was available for photos and autographs, and signed many Astronaut bobble-heads given away as part of the event. Jay Buckey is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by John Sununu. Buckey had just returned from Cape Canaveral where Dave Williams, who flew on Buckey's mission in 1998, was launching on the Space Shuttle Endeavor for a second flight.
“It's amazing how a national project like the space program can bring Americans together for a common goal. I believe that we can harness that same spirit of cooperation to bring real progress to the country,” said Buckey. One of the key components of the Buckey Campaign's platform is an “Apollo” program for energy independence. Buckey believes that “investing in new energy technologies will have tremendous benefits for our environment, will bring new economic prosperity, and will protect our national security interests.”
As part of the promotion, the Fisher Cats and US Cellular gave away Astronaut bobble-heads to the first 2,000 fans to arrive at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium. The Fisher Cats fell to the Pennsylvania's Altoona Curve, AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, by a score of 4-3. Gametime was 1:05 PM. Guests for the day also came from the UNH Institute of Earth, Ocean and Space, the SEE Science Center, and the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, where Dr. Buckey serves as a member of the board.
Jay Buckey, 51, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MD from Cornell University. He flew as a Payload Specialist Astronaut for the Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1998. He also served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for eight years. Currently, he’s a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and an adjunct professor of engineering at Dartmouth’s Thayer School. He and his wife Sarah have three children and live in Hanover, NH. For more information, see www.Buckey08.com