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  • NARRATOR: Previously on The Big Bang Theory:

  • - I love this part! - Me too!

  • I have strongly mixed feelings.

  • When we filmed the final episode from last season...

  • ...we showed us launching into space.

  • My friend Joe Acaba...

  • ...was in Kazakhstan getting ready to launch...

  • ...like, the next day on a Soyuz.

  • And he took a photo. He had my friend Kevin Ford, another astronaut, take a picture...

  • ...of Joe watching me in the capsule with Wolowitz and with Pasha...

  • ...and he tweeted it, "Here I am watching Mike do what I'm gonna do for real...

  • ...in a couple of days."

  • The word came down that there was an actual astronaut in the Space Station...

  • ...who was a huge fan of the show...

  • ...and so it was this sort of parallel thing happening...

  • ...and we Skyped like I did in the show. We Skyped with him.

  • When do we start in this?

  • Do we have a time, a start time when the satellite is available or...?

  • WOMAN". We are starting the event in three minutes.

  • - Are you in outer space? - Yeah, are you in space?

  • WOMAN". I only wish.

  • - Where are you? - I am in Mission Control apparently.

  • Do you guys have any questions?

  • What if there's call waiting?

  • We'll work that at real time. I'll see what I can do.

  • So we were able to hook it up. It was a surprise for him.

  • He had no idea who he was gonna talk to.

  • I think he maybe knew it was me.

  • If he knew it was me, he wouldn't show up.

  • So he probably didn't even know it was me that was gonna start it off.

  • I think what we had planned to do is I was gonna start out close to the camera...

  • ...you know, my big ugly head there, so all he can only see is me.

  • I was gonna ask him how he's doing and say, "We have some special guests."

  • - Does he not know? - And-- No, this is a surprise for him.

  • So we thought we might start it off with saying we have an astro-- Do we wanna--?

  • Does he watch the show? Does he even know what's happening?

  • MASSIMINO: No. He's a-- So, what happens-- - He's like, "And you are...?"

  • They were just about as excited as we were to do this...

  • ...so it's kind of a mutual admiration going on

  • between NASA and The Big Bang Theory.

  • ACABA: Houston, it's Station on two.

  • Houston, Station on two. Can you guys hear me?

  • That's Joe Acaba calling the-- Calling the control center.

  • And they're probably...

  • I don't know what they're doing, but they're not paying attention to him right now.

  • But we're gonna set up a call, a video call with the Space Station...

  • ...and with the cast here at The Big Bang Theory.

  • WOMAN: Standby. - Joe Acaba is a huge fan.

  • MAN: Okay. - There he is.

  • Joe, how are you doing?

  • I'm doing great, man. How are you?

  • I'm doing really well.

  • He had made the comment that Bernadette was one of his favorites.

  • So we had Melissa start it off as the--

  • You know, the spouse of an astronaut wanted to say hi...

  • ...then we kicked it over to the rest of the cast.

  • I'm out in Los Angeles...

  • ...and we appreciate you spending some time with us here...

  • ...because we have an astronaut's spouse who wanted to say hi to you...

  • ...if you have a couple of minutes.

  • I'm ready.

  • [CHUCKLES]

  • - Hey. - How you doing?

  • Good. How are you? Can I call you Joe?

  • Can I call you Joe Cab? What should I call you?

  • Call me anything you want. How are you?

  • [PEOPLE LAUGHING]

  • I've never talked to a guy in space before for real...

  • ...so you're my first.

  • Always good to be the first. Glad I can be that guy.

  • [PEOPLE LAUGHING]

  • Never forget your first.

  • I have some friends here that would like to say hi to you.

  • - Surprise. - Hello.

  • - Hi. - Wow.

  • This is pretty cool. I feel like I'm watching you guys on TV.

  • Welcome to the Space Station.

  • CUOCO: There's been a lot of firsts on this show.

  • Great opportunities and meeting wonderful people...

  • ...that have come through the show. It's-- You know, Nobel winners...

  • ...and astronauts and Stephen Hawking.

  • How long have you been up there now?

  • Coming up on four months...

  • -...and so I'll head back on Sunday. CAST: Wow.

  • NAYYAR: What is that in your hand?

  • You know, I'm doing these crazy science experiments...

  • ...so I'm a human guinea pig.

  • And so I've gotta wear this thing for 24 hours...

  • ...looking at my blood pressure.

  • And then I've got a Holter monitor on underneath...

  • ...that I gotta wear for a couple of days.

  • And then we'll draw blood and then we'll pee in a bag.

  • So it's a never-ending process.

  • HELBERG: Do you drink all that stuff after too?

  • It's delicious. It's straight from the stream. You know, it's as good as it gets.

  • [CAST LAUGHING]

  • GALECKI: What do you miss the most from home?

  • You know, probably that weather.

  • You know, I'm from Southern California.

  • And, you know, it's-- The view from here is killer.

  • You can't beat it looking out the window.

  • But you do miss that sunshine...

  • ...the wind blowing on your face and all that. I think I'm looking forward to that.

  • Even though Houston is not the most pleasant place this time of year...

  • ...but it will be nice to get back...

  • ...feel some of that Earth climate.

  • And I'm looking forward to some pizza and a big fat bacon cheeseburger.

  • [CAST LAUGHING]

  • But floating around, you know, you can't beat it.

  • [CAST LAUGHING & CHATTERING]

  • We don't get paid big bucks, but we get to have fun.

  • CUOCO: It's awesome. GALECKI: Wow.

  • So you guys are shooting now, I guess.

  • And how long does that go on for you?

  • Till about mid-April.

  • Once you come back and get settled, you'll have to come over to a tape night.

  • I would love to do that. You know, my parents live in Anaheim...

  • ...so I'm sure I'll be out there relatively soon.

  • They can't come. Just you.

  • We have limited seating. Sorry.

  • You know, the connection with Earth is still there for you...

  • ...and with our modern technology now...

  • ...we're able to call home, e-mail, and do things like this.

  • We don't always get to do this all the time, but this is another way...

  • ...to stay in contact with people.

  • Normally we do it with our families.

  • This was a bit different doing it with the cast

  • of The Big Bang Theory.

  • It's important because it keeps you in touch with what's happening...

  • ...because you do really feel like you're off the planet.

  • NAYYAR: Do you get to watch the show up in space?

  • I haven't seen any since I've been here.

  • You know, we get some things shot up here...

  • ...and like right now, it's nice. They're streaming some ESPN...

  • ...so we can watch the football.

  • So it's nice that football season started again.

  • But we do get some shows and movies sent up every now and then.

  • They take good care of us.

  • We were talking with him, it was cool. He said, "Come here, I'll show you something."

  • - He brought the laptop around. - I'm gonna float you on over...

  • ...see if we can give you a view out the window.

  • And he opened the window and he put the camera and we saw Earth.

  • And when you see something like that...

  • ACABA: I'm in the Jap Module...

  • ...and they've got a couple of windows.

  • And it's a pretty nice view out this one.

  • - There's an alien out there. - Yeah.

  • - You don't have to open the window, just-- - Oh, come on.

  • - No, no, no. - Oh, he is opening something.

  • - Oh, my God. - No.

  • GALECKI: Wow.

  • RAUCH: This is unbelievable. HELBERG: We were there looking at Earth...

  • ...from Earth and I think all of our minds sort of melted a little bit and...

  • Yeah. There was tears in a lot of eyes. It was amazing.

  • It really was. It really-- It was mind-blowing.

  • - When you think about it, it really was insane. - Yeah.

  • Seeing where we are from that distance, live...

  • I started weeping because I couldn't believe it.

  • No. That was amazing, I have to say.

  • Difficult to wrap your mind around.

  • ACABA: You're looking at the beautiful blue planet. We're over a bunch of water...

  • ...not too thick.

  • But the view is always good.

  • And then you can see some of the solar panels that are out there.

  • GALECKI: Wow. Thank you so much. NAYYAR: That was beautiful.

  • GALECKI: That is breathtaking.

  • What's funny is as he turned his camera around where he was...

  • ...all-- Everyone-- All the crew, all the writers were like behind the--

  • Trying to look and there was, like, 200 people...

  • ...like, they couldn't believe, you know.