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 Dream of Flight! "More than anything else, the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination." ~Wilbur Wright

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STS-135 Tweetup at the Cape! It was so great to meet all of my friends (tweeps) at the #NASATweetup for #STS135! I will sure miss you and our time together. Travel safely and live courageously!

'You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word,
Or something you may do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live may not matter at all...
But you never know - it might.'

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Atlantis on the move! This view of shock-wave condensation collars backlit by the Sun occurred during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on September 8, 2000. The primary effect is created by the forward fuselage of Atlantis, and secondary effects can be seen on the solid rocket booster (SRB) forward skirt, Shuttle vertical stabilizer and wing trailing edge, and behind the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). T minus 70 hours...and counting...Light the fire!

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Happy Birthday America! 235 years, and you still take our breath away! The Space Shuttle Endeavour climbing up the long delirious burning blue with ‘Old Glory’ standing watch as a beacon to every soul yearning to be free. Though ‘Thank You’ seems horribly inadequate to say to servicemen and women, veterans, patriots of all nationalities, and to everyone that is courageous enough to take a stand in life so that others may breathe free…Thank you! "Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down…Among the famous palaces and cities of renown…To admire the crumbly castles and the statues and kings…But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things. So it's home again, and home again, America for me!...My heart is turning home again and there I long to be…In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars…Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.” T minus 94 hours...and counting...Godspeed Atlantis!

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis on its launch début! T minus 6 days and counting…and this great ship will take our breath away and captivate our spirit one last time. Atlantis (OV-104) was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in April 1985, and lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985…”So much of life in the world is memory…That the moment of the happening itself…So much with noise and smoke and rising clear…To vanish at the limit of our vision…Into the light blue light of afternoon.” - Poet Howard Nemerov, after witnessing the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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“Bold enough to imagine”…As we approach the 4th of July and the final voyage of the Space Shuttle…just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day! To my fellow dreamers out there…and to all those that love liberty and cherish freedom of thought – speech – ideas – and mind, there is more to find than can ever be found. We must heed today’s challenge from the NASA Administrator…“bold enough to imagine new worlds, ingenious enough to chart a course to them, and courageous enough to go for it.” - Our Blue Planet from Taurus-Littrow

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The dream of space exploration is still alive...let's work together to ensure these wonders and adventures don't slip quietly from our children's science books to their history books. T minus 7 days and counting...

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The 'Speed of Heat', fueled by the audacity of the human spirit! A beautiful view of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during her final voyage. Docked to the Space Station, orbiting the Earth at 5 miles (8 kilometers) per second..."And now 'tis man who dares assault the sky...And as we come to claim our promised place...Aim only to repay the good you gave...And warm with human love the chill of space." - Thomas G. Bergin, the first poem to fly in space, inscribed on the instrument panel of a satellite launched in 1961.

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Dare Greatly! Our blue planet as seen by the crew of Apollo 13 on their harrowing trans-Earth journey home. Find your passion...and get into the arena..."It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

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To all fans of our Moon...interesting lunar event tonight...here is a view of the entire nearside surface of the moon photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its trans-Earth journey home. When this picture was taken, the spacecraft was already 10,000 nautical miles away. Check out: http://earthsky.org/tonight/june-23-last-quarter-moon-ushers-in-years-closest-apogee

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis stands ready..."When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

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Happy Father's Day! My 300th tweet...dedicated to my Dad. My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man..."I thank you for the music and your stories of the road...I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go...I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough...And, papa, I don't think I said 'I love you' near enough..." Longing for just one more moment with you, Dad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JdfLGM7G9Q&feature=related

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A 'shout out' to my buddy Sebastian that wants to be a Space Ranger when he grows up...always remember that the dreams that we dare to dream really do come true...Keep your eyes on your dream and your hand on the throttle and hold on for the ride of your life! Come dance among the stars with me! Ad Astra!

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Greetings from the flame trench! One year ago at this very moment...I was sitting on top of this rocket...Soyuz 23S...prepared for my date with destiny..."Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew...And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space...Put out my hand and touched the face of God."

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'Namaste' to my dear friend Jhalak in Nepal. Came across this photo of us in the shadow of Everest...this will remain on my 'bucket list'! "My fear in its beauty...My happiness in its inhospitableness...The sweat of perseverance in its realm...My modesty in its silence...My peace in its immeasurable widths...My liberty in its eternity...My ecstasy...The Mountain..."

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Der Meister und sein Lehrling…mit '007' Max in München. Bis bald und auf ein Wiedersehen in Windhuk und auf den Hängen von St. Anton! Alles Gute!

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I salute my friends and teammates in Munich and Oberpfaffenhofen! Let's repair a solar array...replace a pump module...or climb a mountain together again soon! I will miss you and our time together. Glauben Sie an Ihre Träume!

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To my friend Michael battling cancer...so young...so brave...so courageous! You are my forever hero! Miss you buddy! "I think I need a sunrise...I'm tired of the sunsets..."

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"For now I know that no man alive, could ever produce this kind of splendor. One in which a heart beats faster, one which makes my heart surrender."

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You are my Sunrise - "I can see the glow around you, the fiery person that you are...
So quietly beautify, but so intense when you want to be...So warm to my heart, so hot to my touch, so life-giving to my soul...You are my sunrise."

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