Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

Greetings from the flame trench! One year ago at this very moment...I was sitting on top of this rocket...Soyuz 23S...prepared for my date with destiny..."Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew...And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space...Put out my hand and touched the face of God."

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1411 days ago

Greetings from the flame trench! One year ago at this very moment...I was sitting on top of this rocket...Soyuz 23S...prepared for my date with destiny..."Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew...And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space...Put out my hand and touched the face of God."

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MarcinJanik1985 1398 days ago

WOW

shiosho_chao 1402 days ago

Great photo!!

PC0101 1408 days ago

Some of night shots are presented in this book to be published on Dec. 6, 2011, in the USA). Not available presently.. http://amzn.to/jDdmIf

Kickalien 1408 days ago

Beautiful blue sky! ... then you became a hero!

Pilot1Bill 1410 days ago

Excuse me sir, but would you happen to have a light? :)

AnaMSanPer 1411 days ago

Strange feeling to see that this is ending. In mind for ever.

Geshiela 1411 days ago

wow! that 1 yr already?!hmm may be its time for your *BOOK* to come out..we are really looking forward to it!

Kikucchi 1411 days ago

thankx astro W! for sharing the quote; nothing like a genuine expression of a real astronaut! looking forward to YOUR first "book" someday soon!

a_cup_of_sea 1411 days ago

"16 hours until we light up the night!" ...This photo & words remind me of "that day"... :-)

RachelTBue 1411 days ago

That's a beautiful quote. :-)

feebsmom 1411 days ago

I've always loved "High Flight" and it is especially meaningful from you, who have been on such a journey.

SophalMiracle 1411 days ago

Sitting on Top of this Rocket is reserved 4ONLY t/Best qualified Astronauts! U got God's favor #ISS

sandarwai 1411 days ago

You know the sky that privilege!

oceana1 1411 days ago

You are such an inspiration to follow on Twitter. Hoping one day to meet you in person! Keep up the good work.

Jhegs 1411 days ago

Awesome :o ~~

Magica_D 1411 days ago

Congratulations on this anniversary!

albakutschker 1411 days ago

Cool. Danke.

sweetgazer1 1411 days ago

Time flies too...