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.

To my fellow pilots, my brothers and sisters in flight, celebrating you today with the greatest respect and admiration. Be safe and fly often! Thought I would share a photo of my OEF ride with space-themed ‘nose art’. Back in the States now, and joining my friends @okchristian on Friday in Oklahoma City. Looking forward to the next #NASATweetup and dreaming with my #SpaceTweeps! 

When this life I'm in is done,
And at the gates I stand,
My hope is that I answer all
His questions on command.

I doubt He'll ask me of my fame,
Or all the things I knew, Instead,
He'll ask of rainbows sent
On rainy days I flew.

How fast, how far, how much, how high?
He'll ask me not these things
But did I take the time to watch
The Moonbeams wash my wings?

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1158 days ago

To my fellow pilots, my brothers and sisters in flight, celebrating you today with the greatest respect and admiration. Be safe and fly often! Thought I would share a photo of my OEF ride with space-themed ‘nose art’. Back in the States now, and joining my friends on Friday in Oklahoma City. Looking forward to the next #NASATweetup and dreaming with my #SpaceTweeps!

When this life I'm in is done,
And at the gates I stand,
My hope is that I answer all
His questions on command.

I doubt He'll ask me of my fame,
Or all the things I knew, Instead,
He'll ask of rainbows sent
On rainy days I flew.

How fast, how far, how much, how high?
He'll ask me not these things
But did I take the time to watch
The Moonbeams wash my wings?

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LittleCloudSEA 1132 days ago

"He'll ask of rainbows sent/On rainy days I flew"-Yes,a call we shall all answer to.Thx 4 remindin

LittleCloudSEA 1132 days ago

Ah,the poetic,inspiring Astro Cdr has returned! Missed those amazing pics you sent from the space.

lindaleigh 1143 days ago

I would love to see the rest of this plane...

ANGELLACONSU 1146 days ago

Bienvenido a tierra... lo que haces es realmente maravilloso, Dios te bendiga y te guarde

lindaleigh 1151 days ago

I'm so thankful you're back with us safe and sound. I'm so thankful that once again you lift me up

audreyingrid 1152 days ago

Welcome home! Nice Poem. :)

AnaMSanPer 1153 days ago

Lonely conscience.

sweetgazer1 1155 days ago

Lovely poem, Wheels, welcome back.

Geshiela 1157 days ago

Did you receive any of my twitpic gifts while you were away? I tagged you on several pics..http://twitpic.com/photos/Geshiela

canarchaudry 1157 days ago

Welcome back ...great photo...lovely poetry...thanks:)

Geshiela 1157 days ago

I am so glad that you are back, safe and sound! No words can express my #happiness..am just gonna leave that to you...oh by the way, nice ride! So what's your callsign ?

Ham_OP_STN 1157 days ago

Good to have you back and safe!

scienceesl 1157 days ago

WELCOME HOME Wheels!!!!

feebsmom 1157 days ago

Wonderful to read you again, Wheels! I've missed you.

Kikucchi 1157 days ago

Thanks for the words of inspiration & bringing bk sanity in my life :-) hope to hear more from you in #NASA Tweetup & #space tweeps!

albakutschker 1157 days ago

Recemos, para que esas guerras empezadas y nunca terminadas,tengan su fin, por la livertad y el amor. Gracias Wheels por sus palabras, mi hermano tambien esta volando y estas palabras consuelan a muchas familias. Gracias.

hforme 1157 days ago

Enjoyed your words. Many thanks. Lovely change from the usual rubbish we get here in South Africa.

ko2ri 1158 days ago

cool! space-themed 'nose art' ...and 'helmet'! ;-)

Stelygs 1158 days ago

Oh, food for the soul! All what #spacetweeps have been missing...thanks, Cdr! Prayers for those who are still serving in Afghanistan...Intriguing nose art =)

TheHeathernaut 1158 days ago

Extreme and utter happiness! Nice ride Wheels! ~#LeadWheeler #Wheelers