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.

‘The Backup Boys’!  The dream is still alive!  So great to see my friend Anton on his way to the Space Station!  Watching the Soyuz launch with Anton in command of the spaceship and with Satoshi watching the launch from onboard the Space Station was a surreal moment.  The weather at the Baikonur Cosmodrome is always ‘sporty’, and it looks like this launch was no different.  I was so happy to witness a childhood dream become reality!

Anton Shkaplerov, Satoshi Furukawa and I composed the backup crew for the launch of Expedition 23 in December of 2009.  Just prior to that launch, we posed for this photo as ‘The Backup Boys’…

Ad Astra per Aspera!

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"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives."    — Socrates

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1167 days ago

‘The Backup Boys’! The dream is still alive! So great to see my friend Anton on his way to the Space Station! Watching the Soyuz launch with Anton in command of the spaceship and with Satoshi watching the launch from onboard the Space Station was a surreal moment. The weather at the Baikonur Cosmodrome is always ‘sporty’, and it looks like this launch was no different. I was so happy to witness a childhood dream become reality!

Anton Shkaplerov, Satoshi Furukawa and I composed the backup crew for the launch of Expedition 23 in December of 2009. Just prior to that launch, we posed for this photo as ‘The Backup Boys’…

Ad Astra per Aspera!

#STS120Tweetup #NASATweetup #Wheelers

"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." — Socrates


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batalova68 1078 days ago

привет из Байконура! :-)

GalaxyMoon7 1155 days ago

A good smile!!

manniseh 1158 days ago

wow this is awesome..

AnaMSanPer 1165 days ago

Nice photo. (Socrates, nice. One is part of all).

ko2ri 1166 days ago

the Earth, Soyuz and ISS... that's The Backup Boys Great Triangle!!!

PC0101 1166 days ago

Great photo. The backups usually become the prime crew for one of the next flights.

Magica_D 1167 days ago

I like this photo! Watched on TV this launch. Great! So snowy! http://www.twitpic.com/7e9or3 http://www.twitpic.com/7ea0o8