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NASA Resources for Baseball Outreach Events

NASA is always looking for opportunities to reach new audiences and interest them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We have found sporting events, including baseball games, to be ideal for these outreach activities.

This page provides visual resources to help other NASA centers or baseball teams conduct outreach at baseball games. The images are free to download. We only ask that you notify us when you download them and when you plan to use them. You can do so by e-mailing us at [Click here for e-mail]

NASA Staff or Solar System Ambassadors

While some NASA outreach activities can include staff, typically the best way to have a NASA representative appear at your event is to invite a member of the NASA Speakers Bureau to attend. Due to budgetary limitations, NASA may not be able to fund the travel for events requiring the speaker to travel 50 miles or more. NASA does have authority to accept payment from other organizations for travel expenses to meetings for speaking engagements. For more information please visit the About the Speakers Bureau page.

As an alternative, the Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and discoveries with the people in their communities. For more information visit the Solar System Ambassadors page.

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Please note the file sizes prior to downloading. Some are VERY large.

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Vertical Leaping in Baseball Poster for Printing

Baseball-Jump-Poster-PS-00477_NW-2017-09-013-GRC.pdf (4.6 MB)
Poster that shows importance of vertical leaping ability to prevent a home run over an outfield wall.
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How High Can You Jump Jump Activity Training Video

How_High-Jump-Training-Video.MP4 (265 MB) [Runtime 3:52]
Traning video showing how to use a vertical leap trainer to conduct the activity including key content messages.

Activity Card

Activty Card Print Sheet

How_High-Jump-Card-Print-Sheet.pdf (1 MB)
Generic sports activity card usable for any sport. Print sheet contains multiple images that can be cut into individual cards.

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How High Can You Jump Banner Stand for Printing

How-High-Jump-BannerStand-PS-00010-NW-GRC-highres.psd (192 MB) [Right click to download]
Banner Stand image you can scale to fit your printing needs. PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THE CONTENT!

Additional Resources

Baseball in Microgravity

The STS-131 space shuttle crew plays microgravity baseball during a visit to the International Space Station. This B-roll video clip has no audio.

Still Image from Ballist Impact Video

Ballistic Impact of a Baseball and Bat

Baseball-in-The-Ballistics-Lab.mp4 (37 MB) [Runtime 0:59]
It happens so fast that you don't typically see how much a baseball and bat deform upon impact. Researchers in NASA Glenn's Ballistic Impact Lab show us some science behind the game! Pressurized nitrogen was used to shoot the ball out of the lab's gas gun at a speed of 180 mph to match typical bat and ball speeds. High-speed video and white dots painted on the bat enabled software to track the bat's motion -- and there was plenty of action. The bat absorbs energy causing it and the ball to deform or bend upon impact! The Ballistic Impact Lab enables researchers to test structures and materials and evaluate ballistic impact performance to make aerospace vehicles lighter and safer.

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Exhibits and Speakers

Exhibits and Speakers (Link)
NASA can also provide a variety of exhibits and speakers on a broad range of topics (unrelated to baseball).

Historical Information

Still Image from First Pitch From Space Video

First Pitch From Space

1995 World Series First Pitch From Space (Link with video)
A look back at the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the 1995 World Series on Thursday, October 26, 1995 was thrown by Commander Ken Bowersox, onboard the space shuttle Columbia.

This information is a service of the NASA Glenn Research Center as a part of our community relations program.