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.

In upstate New York with my Mom and Dad, enjoying the land of my youth and my childhood dreams, and reliving memories of a much simpler time.  Going through some photos and came across this one, taken four years ago today:  10-10-2007, on the launch pad tower, near the top of the External Fuel Tank, the Solid Rocket Boosters, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.  Hard to believe that the next time I see this great spaceship will likely be at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  Funny…the hands of fate, and how destiny unfolds with time.  

I remember when this photo was taken, like it was yesterday.  I was less than 2 weeks from realizing a childhood dream of riding on a rocket to outer space.  I had stars in my eyes and fire in my belly…and now my biggest fear is losing that passion.  Never want to lose that sense of wonder.  Thanks, Mom…for reminding me that the dreams that we dare to dream really do come true.

”When I close my eyes, childhood dreams tumble 
And whirl upon the winds of yesterday, 
A bright confetti marking each stumble, 
Each success, sometimes tinting the today’s. 
In glittering, lucid, iridescence, 
These dreams dance over the tended garden 
Forming soft dew on memory’s treasures. 
It’s here mature dreams come for sustenance 
And exuberant youth, long forgotten, 
Becomes a bloom of unexpected futures.”

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1326 days ago

In upstate New York with my Mom and Dad, enjoying the land of my youth and my childhood dreams, and reliving memories of a much simpler time. Going through some photos and came across this one, taken four years ago today: 10-10-2007, on the launch pad tower, near the top of the External Fuel Tank, the Solid Rocket Boosters, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Hard to believe that the next time I see this great spaceship will likely be at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Funny…the hands of fate, and how destiny unfolds with time.

I remember when this photo was taken, like it was yesterday. I was less than 2 weeks from realizing a childhood dream of riding on a rocket to outer space. I had stars in my eyes and fire in my belly…and now my biggest fear is losing that passion. Never want to lose that sense of wonder. Thanks, Mom…for reminding me that the dreams that we dare to dream really do come true.

”When I close my eyes, childhood dreams tumble
And whirl upon the winds of yesterday,
A bright confetti marking each stumble,
Each success, sometimes tinting the today’s.
In glittering, lucid, iridescence,
These dreams dance over the tended garden
Forming soft dew on memory’s treasures.
It’s here mature dreams come for sustenance
And exuberant youth, long forgotten,
Becomes a bloom of unexpected futures.”

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umiyuki2010 1319 days ago

Atro_wheels, thank Q so much 4 the photos, the inspiring words tat u shared with all of us. Stay safe

ko2ri 1323 days ago

Great photo & tweet speech! Stars and Fire in your words!!

Kikucchi 1324 days ago

beautiful smile, beautiful words \(^o^)/ you will never lose "that passion". it will show up in places in your heart where you least expected... a mind is as vast as the universe :-) lots of room for souls to wonder & play. thanks for sharing so gener

canarchaudry 1326 days ago

Childhood dream do come true, Astro Wheels...your twitpic proved it so.
nice poem:)

Maudewannabe 1326 days ago

Thank u 4 sharing 1 of the most incredible photos I've ever seen. Can only imagine how u felt. :-)

Geshiela 1326 days ago

thanks for sharing 'views' that I couldn't come across browsing the NASA photo galleries..also for reminding me to live each day with passion for my dreams..

pink_mike 1326 days ago

Thanks for sharing the views that aren't often seen by the rest of us!

Stelygs 1326 days ago

Oh don't worry, Cdr! Your special Mom & 100k fans will never let you lose that passion :) Waiting for 'your' Discovery I stood in awe by legendary Shuttle Enterprise today...still breathless...

lindaleigh 1326 days ago

I miss my mom bunches, now she lives amongst the stars too...

lindaleigh 1326 days ago

Great Pic !!! Great memories here too, your words are profound always...

GabrielleNYC 1326 days ago

... Always Dare to Dream... because dreams can and do come true... Gx

TheHeathernaut 1326 days ago

If this is just "one" of the photos from that time, I can't imagine what others you have...

PC0101 1326 days ago

Astronauts have simply awesome personal photo albums. To get envious ….

Magica_D 1326 days ago

Yes, it's really hard to believe that Space Shuttles will be in museums soon. I like these ships. It's a pity, that our greatest space creations (Mir and Buran) are lost forever.

a_cup_of_sea 1326 days ago

The hero who is smiling in front of the Space Shuttle "Freedom" of the movie Armageddon! Looks like such to me... Are you the person who saves the earth, sir? :-P :-)

sheilaalbornoz 1326 days ago

OMG... :o

TheHeathernaut 1326 days ago

Thanks for the reminder that we're all big kids :)

STfangirl 1326 days ago

Moms are the best psychologists, aren't they? :-)
Today is my Mom's birthday and I'm here in London, not in Budapest... I think we, children often are ungrateful... and Moms always forgive us everything...

kolodiedealmeid 1326 days ago

que bom pasar com os pais vou me sentir com se estivesce ai com vocês abraço bjs

scienceesl 1326 days ago

Have a great visit with your parents. Never loose that passion