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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‘The Speed of Heat’!  Happy 1-Year Anniversary!  One year ago today, I sent this picture and tweet from space, at the end of my 6-month journey.  Just before Shannon, Fyodor and I strapped into our Soyuz capsule to begin our fiery return to the planet.  It is difficult to describe the re-entry through the atmosphere in this small capsule.  I’ve jokingly described the ride home as riding over Niagara Falls in a barrel that is on fire!  The memories of those moments of ‘peak heating’ will stay with me forever...thankful for the accurately engineered ‘ablative’ heat shielding on the Soyuz.  ‘Ablative’...just a fancy word for ‘Comes Apart’...

Thanks, Stefy...for remembering this moment.  

Original Tweet from November 25, 2010:

From the ISS Cupola reflecting on a life challenge I heard long ago – 'Be strong enough to know when you are weak... brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid... never substitute words for actions. Learn to stand up in the storm, but have compassion for those who fall. Always have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high... learn to laugh but never forget how to weep.' - Until we meet again...

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1028 days ago

‘The Speed of Heat’! Happy 1-Year Anniversary! One year ago today, I sent this picture and tweet from space, at the end of my 6-month journey. Just before Shannon, Fyodor and I strapped into our Soyuz capsule to begin our fiery return to the planet. It is difficult to describe the re-entry through the atmosphere in this small capsule. I’ve jokingly described the ride home as riding over Niagara Falls in a barrel that is on fire! The memories of those moments of ‘peak heating’ will stay with me forever...thankful for the accurately engineered ‘ablative’ heat shielding on the Soyuz. ‘Ablative’...just a fancy word for ‘Comes Apart’...

Thanks, Stefy...for remembering this moment.

Original Tweet from November 25, 2010:

From the ISS Cupola reflecting on a life challenge I heard long ago – 'Be strong enough to know when you are weak... brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid... never substitute words for actions. Learn to stand up in the storm, but have compassion for those who fall. Always have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high... learn to laugh but never forget how to weep.' - Until we meet again...

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moralCzapski758 1001 days ago

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BieberRunWorld 1026 days ago

woowww i love this !

Stelygs 1027 days ago

I could never forget that moment :) Was praying for your safe ride home ... perhaps I should have added a little more mentions about a 'soft' ride in my prayers, sorry Cdr ;)

feebsmom 1028 days ago

Thank you again. My admiration of your heart and mind exceeds my wonder and respect for your accomplishments!

albakutschker 1028 days ago

Recuerdo cuando puso la foto. Espectacular, debe de echarlo de menos, aunque estos momento no los olvidara jamas, gracias.

solangelg3671 1028 days ago

Espectacular!!

AnaMSanPer 1028 days ago

Se debe extrañar mirar la tierra así.

sandarwai 1028 days ago

Muchas gracias ! debe ser una gran emoción contemplar el planeta desde otro lugar

Chica1988 1028 days ago

This photo and all it depticts are nothing short of amazing and awe-inspiring. Love this.

kalthrope 1028 days ago

The captivating essence of an outer space adventure. God bless you Douglas for this beautiful picture