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.
Beautiful reflection of sunlight on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. No borders or conflict visible from space…just breath-taking beauty like this view of the island of Cyprus.
A breath-taking masterpiece being painted in the sky over the South Pole. 'The Southern Lights'...like brush strokes from the Master's hand...
A stunning sunrise aboard the International Space Station, as seen from the Russian MRM1 Module. We're blessed with 16 sunrises each day!
"Up, up the long delirious burning blue..." View from the flame trench. 16 hours until we light up the night!
"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." T minus 42 hours...
Our chariot awaits! The Soyuz TMA-19 rocket standing ready at the launch pad. T minus 49 hours and counting...
Training photo taken in Houston. A salute to our topside team at the NBL. Heading off to work in 'inner space'.
My 'window seat' in the Soyuz capsule...sweet! T minus 66 hours and counting... Ready to light up the night!
20 main engine nozzles and 7 million horsepower! This is the 'business end' of the Soyuz rocket. Time to rock!
Training for EVA in the vacuum chamber back in Houston. Two spacewalks scheduled, on August 5th and August 17th.
To my dear Doris Stone, Sonny's medal is onboard the Soyuz: http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=13832
Sitting outside the Soyuz entry hatch, at the top of the rocket...Light the fire! T minus 4 days and counting...
At the Cosmodrome Museum about a mile from the launch pad. Photo op and chance to say thanks to our support team.
Interface checks between our suits and the spacecraft are 'Go'. Walking past our rocket, back to the suit-up room.
Suited in the Sokol and ready to strap into the Soyuz capsule. All systems 'GO'...T minus 5 days...and counting...
Planted my tree along the 'Alley of Cosmonauts', overlooking the Syr Darya river. A proud moment in my journey.
Our crew in quarantine with our rendezvous instructors, practicing rendezvous, docking, and fly-around procedures.
Closing the visor on my Sokol suit, for pressure/leak checks. The Sokol suit is worn during launch and re-entry
Shannon helping me with my 'math in public'. In Baikonur, outside of the Energia building discussing rendezvous...
Starting to get focused...every morning is like Christmas morning. The impossible dream, less than 7 days away...
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