NASA Astronaut Shares Experiences with Youth Bridge Players

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Colonel Greg H. Johnson, NASA Astronaut and bridge player, will speak to youth bridge players participating in the Youth North American Bridge Championships in Toronto.

Colonel Greg H. Johnson

Bridge has always been an important part of my life since I was a teenager. I love watching the mental sparring, great friendships, and NABC events.

Youth bridge players attending the Youth North American Bridge Championships (YNABC) in Toronto, Ontario July 28-30 will enjoy special appearances by NASA Astronaut, Greg H. Johnson. Colonel Johnson piloted NASA’s recent mission, STS-134: Endeavor and is also an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) LifeMaster.

"Bridge has always been an important part of my life since I was a teenager," said Colonel Johnson. "I love watching the mental sparring, great friendships, and NABC events."

Colonel Johnson was selected by NASA for astronaut training in 1998. He has held positions directly supporting the crews of STS-100 and STS-108 and was a key player on several “trigger teams.” Additionally, he served as the Deputy Chief and the Chief of the Astronaut Safety Branch. During his career with NASA, Colonel Johnson became an ACBL LifeMaster in 2001.

In March 2008, Colonel Johnson piloted his first mission, STS-123: Endeavor. On this mission, Colonel Johnson had an Ace of Spades flown with him in honor of his bridge career with the ACBL.

Colonel Johnson served as pilot for a second time this past May aboard NASA’s STS-134: space shuttle mission. This marked Endeavor’s 25th mission and final flight.

"I am looking forward to sharing many of the experiences I recently had on orbit in the Space Shuttle," said Colonel Johnson. "The youth will love getting an inside view into Endeavour’s final flight, on orbit chess, my attempts to play bridge with a partner on planet Earth, and general work/fun in zero gravity. It will be quite a show!"

On July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Colonel Johnson will speak to the YNABC participants about his most recent space mission for NASA and his love for duplicate bridge. Colonel Johnson will participate in a Questions & Answer session July 29 at 9:00 a.m. and assist with the awards ceremony Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.

About the ACBL
Indisputably the most challenging card game ever invented, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life - from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to tennis star Martina Navratilova. Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 165,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments. The ACBL's three North American Bridge Championships each attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in the United States, Canada and about 20 other foreign countries. For more information about the ACBL, visit http://www.acbl.org.

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