Emsworth native Michael Fincke made his first landing at Heinz Field, bringing an out-of-this-world gift to the Pittsburgh Steelers on game day. He's been to the final frontier, taking the Terrible Towel where it's never been before.
"It's my first Steelers game. I grew up in the town when we were winning Super Bowls left and right. We won last year, I had my terrible towel up in space and I'm going to take that same terrible towel and present it back to the fans, to the Steelers organization," said Fincke, commander of the International Space Station.
twirled a Terrible Towel in space prior to the Steelers Super Bowl XLIII win in February and will be giving that exact towel to the team prior to their game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
While he's anxiously awaiting the game, Fincke's first mission on Friday was to tell Avonworth students of his tales in space.
"Yeah, what was it like to be in space. You know, that was my dream. I knew my dream came true and all I could do was smile," said Fincke.
While he spent an entire year in space, Fincke said there's no place like home.
"Always coming back to Pittsburgh is great because I'm from here. I feel very comfortable and the kids are just the same way when I was growing up here, so it's my duty and my honor and heck of a lot of fun to come back to talk to some really smart kids," said Fincke.
Fincke will return to space next year to study space radiation and dark matter.
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