Douglas H. Wheelock


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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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.

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A breath-taking masterpiece being painted in the sky over the South Pole. 'The Southern Lights' brush strokes from the Master's hand...

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A stunning sunrise aboard the International Space Station, as seen from the Russian MRM1 Module. We're blessed with 16 sunrises each day!

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"Up, up the long delirious burning blue..." View from the flame trench. 16 hours until we light up the night!

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"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." T minus 42 hours...

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Our chariot awaits! The Soyuz TMA-19 rocket standing ready at the launch pad. T minus 49 hours and counting...

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Training photo taken in Houston. A salute to our topside team at the NBL. Heading off to work in 'inner space'.

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My 'window seat' in the Soyuz capsule...sweet! T minus 66 hours and counting... Ready to light up the night!

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20 main engine nozzles and 7 million horsepower! This is the 'business end' of the Soyuz rocket. Time to rock!

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Training for EVA in the vacuum chamber back in Houston. Two spacewalks scheduled, on August 5th and August 17th.

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To my dear Doris Stone, Sonny's medal is onboard the Soyuz:

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Sitting outside the Soyuz entry hatch, at the top of the rocket...Light the fire! T minus 4 days and counting...

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At the Cosmodrome Museum about a mile from the launch pad. Photo op and chance to say thanks to our support team.

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Interface checks between our suits and the spacecraft are 'Go'. Walking past our rocket, back to the suit-up room.

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Suited in the Sokol and ready to strap into the Soyuz capsule. All systems 'GO'...T minus 5 days...and counting...

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Planted my tree along the 'Alley of Cosmonauts', overlooking the Syr Darya river. A proud moment in my journey.

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Our crew in quarantine with our rendezvous instructors, practicing rendezvous, docking, and fly-around procedures.

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Closing the visor on my Sokol suit, for pressure/leak checks. The Sokol suit is worn during launch and re-entry

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Shannon helping me with my 'math in public'. In Baikonur, outside of the Energia building discussing rendezvous...

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Starting to get focused...every morning is like Christmas morning. The impossible dream, less than 7 days away...

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