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.

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Dare Greatly! Our blue planet as seen by the crew of Apollo 13 on their harrowing trans-Earth journey home. Find your passion...and get into the arena..."It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

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Dare Greatly! Our blue planet as seen by the crew of Apollo 13 on their harrowing trans-Earth journey home. Find your passion...and get into the arena..."It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

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RareH_2_0 1146 days ago

just gorgeous!!~ Thank you!

carloos_l 1151 days ago

the earth has been eaten

cararushton 1153 days ago

fantastic photo :) you have seen what I only dream of seeing

RaymanGe 1154 days ago

bluuuue

VALUEINTHEWORLD 1157 days ago

Perdón,!!!! y c dice q México esta árido de cuando es esta foto , el Cuerno de la Abundancia c ve Verde Afortunadamente.

Robert_domblood 1161 days ago

wow is great, I want us to do a photo to my island, Dominican Republic.

BSkysanchez 1162 days ago

The Gods creation is beautiful! The man has achieved so much life itself on earth is more than that!

Stelygs 1163 days ago

Soul-stirring...THX, Cdr =)
"Houston, we've had a problem", that was an arena! & one of the 'failures' to be proudest of ... "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."

Kickalien 1163 days ago

Wow, the picture is greatly impressive for its background of a touching story...very beautiful!

Geshiela 1164 days ago

I am so glad twitpic captions are not limited to 140 characters! Thanks for the pic and speech!

PC0101 1164 days ago

That speech is known as „Citizenship in a Republic“. Full text: http://bit.ly/iEve6L

PC0101 1164 days ago

The quote is from the former US President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910.

Kikucchi 1164 days ago

#california, Baja, Rockies ... historic pix, remarkable journey! thanks, astro for sharing:-) "dare greatly" the words that fuel soul :-D

godivako 1164 days ago

The beautiful earth!

albakutschker 1165 days ago

Son muy amplios los pensamientos que me da esta maravilla que tenemos por planeta, pongamos todos un poquito de nuestra parte para mantenerla.

AnaMSanPer 1165 days ago

La lucha de los frágiles y valerosos corazones es lo que queda.

a_cup_of_sea 1165 days ago

When they took this photo,they had not been promised "Safety" yet. "With what thoughts were they looking at this home?" I can not imagine...

SophalMiracle 1165 days ago

The Lovely blue Earth'd only be seen 1 sphere @ a time, this time:)) The Earth is in God's Hand!

Nora_Rizzi 1166 days ago

I love that picture. Thanks for sharing those thoughts! We follow you from Argentina

katie_9999 1166 days ago

wheels, do you use a quote? could you give the source? thanks for your great tweets.