It’s Eli Manning’s Super Bowl Jersey … IN SPACE!

The launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery was scheduled for 5:02 p.m. ET, and while some minor league baseball attendees may have seen the launch, what they probably can’t see from the bleachers is the plethora of sports memorabilia on board. And before you get all El Guapo on me, I’m perfectly aware what that means, and the collection shouldn’t disappoint.

Eli Manning's jersey is in space

(That’s one small step for a Manning … one giant leap for Manning-kind.)

The uniform that Eli Manning wore during the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory over the Patriots is going with the astronauts. Of the seven astronauts, three of them are from New Jersey, which is technically the home state of the Giants.

(They were going to ask Manning himself if he wanted to go, but it conflicted with the Sex and the City premiere. You know how that goes.)

But wait, that’s not all! They’re also taking:

• The jersey Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio wore in his final game last year

• One of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France yellow jerseys

• A Buzz Lightyear doll, which isn’t sports related, but it also isn’t space related, because if you’ve seen Toy Story, you know it’s just a mass-assembly-produced doll that can’t fly, can’t shoot guns, and has no standing with the Star Command Fleet

No word if they brought a David Wells jersey with them in case their primary parachutes fail to open.