Saturday, May 10, 2008

Reisman trades jokes with Colbert

Houston Chronicle

NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, who is currently orbiting the Earth aboad the international space station, matched wits today with Stephen Colbert, who pokes fun nightly at world events from the anchor desk of The Colbert Report.

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"Are you saying you are janitor with a Phd?" asked Colbert.

"I'm a bit of a glorified janitor. That is probably a pretty good decription. I do a lot of cleaning," Reisman acknowledged.

The two men discussed the challenges of using the space station's waterless toilet, fitting in socially with two Russian crewmates, and living for weeks without a refrigerator to chill ice cream and beer.

Reisman, who is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-June after two weeks on the space station, explained his preparations for the flight included a two-week stay in an undersea habitat off of Florida's Atlantic Coast in 2003.

"What do you have against the rest of humanity that you have to flee from us every so often," asked Colbert.

"I think it's more what the rest of humanity has against me. I keep being sent off to these far places. I try not to take it personally," Colbert's space guest responded.

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