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Johnson Employees Root for the Home Team at Houston Astros Space City Night

by Linda Grimm | 2023-09-20

As the 2023 baseball season entered its home stretch, employees of NASA’s Johnson Space Center joined with family and friends to cheer on the Houston Astros at the team’s Space City Monday on September 18.

A group of people pose with an astronaut mascot at a baseball stadium.
Employees of NASA’s Johnson Space Center get ready to root for the Houston Astros during the Space City game on September 18, 2023. Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

Johnson-affiliated fans filled more than 200 seats at Minute Maid Park and watched as the Astros kicked off a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson’s public engagement team was on hand to pass out NASA stickers and solar eclipse glasses from a booth inside the stadium. The booth featured Space Launch System and Orion models, space food samples, and a spacesuit helmet and glove, and allowed the Johnson team to share information about the center’s upcoming open house. Fans throughout the stadium also had a chance to take photos with Johnson’s astronaut mascot, Cosmo.

People gather at a booth with information about space exploration.
Nick Page, public affairs specialist, and Jessica Cordero, community engagement officer and Space Flight Awareness lead, share information about NASA’s Johnson Space Center and agency missions with Houston Astros fans inside Minute Maid Park. Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

The Astros extended a special group invitation to the game as part of the team’s decades-long collaboration with Johnson. The Space City players may not have won, but Johnson team members enjoyed rooting them on and talking to fellow fans about NASA’s exciting programs.

Enjoy more photos from the game below.