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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Happy Birthday America!  235 years, and you still take our breath away!  The Space Shuttle Endeavour climbing up the long delirious burning blue with ‘Old Glory’ standing watch as a beacon to every soul yearning to be free.  Though ‘Thank You’ seems horribly inadequate to say to servicemen and women, veterans, patriots of all nationalities, and to everyone that is courageous enough to take a stand in life so that others may breathe free…Thank you!     "Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down…Among the famous palaces and cities of renown…To admire the crumbly castles and the statues and kings…But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.  So it's home again, and home again, America for me!...My heart is turning home again and there I long to be…In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars…Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.”   T minus 94 hours...and counting...Godspeed Atlantis!

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1113 days ago

Happy Birthday America! 235 years, and you still take our breath away! The Space Shuttle Endeavour climbing up the long delirious burning blue with ‘Old Glory’ standing watch as a beacon to every soul yearning to be free. Though ‘Thank You’ seems horribly inadequate to say to servicemen and women, veterans, patriots of all nationalities, and to everyone that is courageous enough to take a stand in life so that others may breathe free…Thank you! "Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down…Among the famous palaces and cities of renown…To admire the crumbly castles and the statues and kings…But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things. So it's home again, and home again, America for me!...My heart is turning home again and there I long to be…In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars…Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.” T minus 94 hours...and counting...Godspeed Atlantis!

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STfangirl 1112 days ago

Mr van Dyke has beautiful Dutch name... Antiquated thing... XD

Stelygs 1112 days ago

Beautiful, awe-inspiring! Happy Bday to all Americans & their fascinating, sparkling, great country! ...hmmm, Mr van Dyke should have chosen a better tour operator, though ;)

a_cup_of_sea 1113 days ago

Cool!! :-)

masanaminori 1113 days ago

Amazing Photo, It's Pretty Nice!!!! Happy Birthday, Our Friend America!!!!!

infinitosincero 1113 days ago

"RT!@ Happy Birthday, America and thank you, for the wonderful words."

Kickalien 1113 days ago

Wow, great shot!!...very nice! Happy the Fourth of July.

Magica_D 1113 days ago

Happy Birthday, America!

toniitalian2 1113 days ago

Thanks for sharing and check this amazing vid too!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChlDCU9lWg

luisabcmx 1113 days ago

Happy birthday America, that the candle continue lit

whitemarz 1113 days ago

Amazing! Happy 4th of July!!!!!! 8^)

AJsessed 1113 days ago

Wow that's amazing!

Daniel_Craig 1113 days ago

Happy Birthday America!

AnaMSanPer 1113 days ago

Continente nuevo... inocencia de lo joven... independencia. Feliz día.

PC0101 1113 days ago

Happy Birthday, America and thank you, for the wonderful words.

er_rat 1113 days ago

what a great flying machine. We should be proud. Keith fowler o

STfangirl 1113 days ago

Happy 4th! :-))
(Antiquated?? I'd like to talk to Henry van Dyke... :-P)

silvertabbyJun 1113 days ago

Happy Birthday America!

Geshiela 1113 days ago

Awesome pic as always!

Geshiela 1113 days ago

Happy Independence Day! Long live freedom!

badstratotude 1113 days ago

Wow! Awesome writ!