Boston, MA -
Astronaut and Cohasset, MA native, Steve Bowen, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop before the Bruins/Panthers game at the TD Banknorth Garden on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Bowen, who was a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavour crew, will join Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
at center ice for the dropping of the puck and a photo following the national anthem.
As a Cohasset High School and MIT graduate, Bowen went on to become a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavour crew, which was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 14, 2008. He spent 16 days in space and did a total of three space walks. He was part of the Endeavour's most recent successful mission to the International Space Station. The Endeavour has now been to the International Space Station 22 times since 1992.
The puck Bowen will drop at Tuesday's Bruins/Panthers matchup was taken into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 2007 by fellow Bostonian astronaut, Stephanie Wilson. Following the game, it will go on display as part of the Soaring with Legends: New England's Astronauts exhibit in The Sports Museum at the TD Banknorth Garden. The exhibit features Boston-area sports memorabilia flown in space, plus other NASA mission artifacts. One of the artifacts is a Bobby Orr jersey donned by astronaut and fellow MIT graduate Robert Thirsk in a 1996 mission aboard Space Shuttle Columbia.