Smokey Bear becomes next space crew's mascot

Smokey Bear becomes next space crew's mascot

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IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the International Space Station photographed by a crewmember onboard the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations on the STS-135 mission's third day in Earth orbit July 10, 2011 in space. Atlantis has embarked on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

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by KMOV Web Producer

KMOV.com

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 4:58 AM

   STAR CITY, Russia (AP) -- An American set to travel to the International Space Station says he has chosen Smokey the Bear as his crew's mascot.

   NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba said Wednesday that he hopes Smokey, the mascot of the United States Forest Service, would help raise public awareness about the dangers posed by forest fires.

   Acaba and his Russian crewmates Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin are set to blast off to the station on May 15 from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

   The retirement of the U.S. shuttle fleet has left Russia's Soyuz spacecraft as the only means to deliver crews to the space outpost.
 

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