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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400th tweet!  Photo from NYC World Trade Center “Ground Zero”.  I thought I would use this milestone tweet to tell you how much you all mean to me and what a wonderful adventure this has been on Twitter.  Before my flight into space, I reluctantly agreed to launch a Twitter account, and I am so very glad that I did.

From the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia (where I sent my first tweet);  to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan (tweeting from the base of my Soyuz rocket – on the same launch pad that launched Sputnik and Gagarin);  to the sanctity of space, where the beauty of our planet is simply breathtaking and life-changing;  to the ground and air campaign in Afghanistan… Meeting & Tweeting with you has blessed and enriched my life and my journey as an Astronaut and as a human being.    

Thank you, Stefy for this beautiful photo and for your sweet spirit.  Thank you, Mojo for all of your assistance and inspiration with the ‘early tweets’.

Very special thanks to my close Tweeps:  @PC0101 @heathernaut88 @Pilot1Bill @STfangirl @spasmunkey @schierholz @Stelygs and of course the #Wheelers

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
Standing on the edge of something much too deep
It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
Though we are screaming inside oh we can't be heard

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose
Clinging to a past that doesn't let me choose
But once there was a darkness, deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me light

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

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1038 days ago

400th tweet! Photo from NYC World Trade Center “Ground Zero”. I thought I would use this milestone tweet to tell you how much you all mean to me and what a wonderful adventure this has been on Twitter. Before my flight into space, I reluctantly agreed to launch a Twitter account, and I am so very glad that I did.

From the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia (where I sent my first tweet); to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan (tweeting from the base of my Soyuz rocket – on the same launch pad that launched Sputnik and Gagarin); to the sanctity of space, where the beauty of our planet is simply breathtaking and life-changing; to the ground and air campaign in Afghanistan… Meeting & Tweeting with you has blessed and enriched my life and my journey as an Astronaut and as a human being.

Thank you, Stefy for this beautiful photo and for your sweet spirit. Thank you, Mojo for all of your assistance and inspiration with the ‘early tweets’.

Very special thanks to my close Tweeps: and of course the #Wheelers

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
Standing on the edge of something much too deep
It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
Though we are screaming inside oh we can't be heard

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I'm so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose
Clinging to a past that doesn't let me choose
But once there was a darkness, deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me light

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

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VickyPitsiou 1001 days ago

i like your photos ,iam very happy to see your life. Greetings from Greece (Kapandriti).

PC0101 1032 days ago

We all are happy to have you tweeting. A great way of sharing pix and thoughts.

scienceesl 1034 days ago

Beautiful

GabrielleNYC 1034 days ago

I gave my 1st keynote on the 20th about surviving 9/11 - Maximise the moment - strange coincidence

ko2ri 1034 days ago

Congrats!! Really thanks for sharing your pics and words :)))

nasu_kazu 1035 days ago

Congratulations :D

lindaleigh 1037 days ago

Being one of the #Wheelers has blessed my life immeasurably.
You have taken me places I would otherwise not have seen. Thank You so much
for all you share. Thank you more for continuing to inspire the youth, our next generation of explorers of the Cosmo

lindaleigh 1037 days ago

Just noticed the bow, what great composition !!! The bow is God's message, and Our Purpose : )

Kikucchi 1037 days ago

i was definitely reluctant signing up for twitter. your tweets made a huge difference in my tweeter world & understanding #ISS & beauty of this planet. you do great job connecting us with space, but much more so with humanity, beauty of this plane

albakutschker 1037 days ago

very nice, no words .......thank.

Magica_D 1037 days ago

Congratulations! I remember your first "twitpic" - at Red Square. It seems like we participated in this spaceflight. :)

BigSteppinGal 1037 days ago

Great photo

STfangirl 1037 days ago

Doug, you continue tweeting, don't you? You must continue it because you're not only a "simple" astronaut (sorry) for us but our friend. And we love you... and you also love us... We don't let you go away.

Daniel_Craig 1037 days ago

There´s only a 114 letters limit in Twitpic. How you can post so long messages, ?

Daniel_Craig 1037 days ago

Wonderful photo. Congrats for the 400th tweet. ;-)

STfangirl 1038 days ago

One of my fave songs from one of my fave singers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHooH4464dQ&ob=av2n

STfangirl 1038 days ago

Thank you very much, Doug!!! And... CONGRATULATIONS!!!! XD I think I've never said it yet: I like your tweets!!
(Community sites aren't so terrible, are they? ;-P)

kkirenk 1038 days ago

Maturity beackoneth humane peace-gross illiteracy doeth our brains so tease:Destiny I shall not appease

Geshiela 1038 days ago

I feel like i need to thank for pressuringme to join twitter, i know i was also kickin an screamin back then

Geshiela 1038 days ago

Thanks for being you ... Looking forward to your 4000th tweet!