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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y99waytem87 From the International Space Station...Happy Birthday Jayden! 2 years old today...hope your day is extra-special!

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As an Astronaut, I have had the good fortune of many moments that have melted my heart...being with the children this morning in the German countryside was life-changing. Alles sehr gute!!

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Practicing my Swedish and German with my friends Ralf and Corina at dinner in the Karlsbacher restaurant in Bissersheim, Germany.

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A magical morning today with the children of Kindergarten St. Pirmin, dreaming of the wonders that await them. Presenting an E-25 montage to Regine Muller, the Director of the school in Zweibrucken, Germany.

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With Klaus-Peter Willsch, Member of Parliament / Chairman of the Air & Space Group in the Deutsche Bundestag.

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Alles Gute von Limburg, Deutschland! Sharing space tweets & photos at a celebration in Limburg, Germany. Tschuss!

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Go Boldly - Atlantis! Just one more time..."It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven." - Wernher von Braun

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Welcome home Mark, Box, Spanky, Taz, Drew and Roberto! - "The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."

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Mystery of the deep...do you know the name of this deep ocean trench in the Bahamas near the islands of Andros and New Providence?

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To all those that choose to stand in the midst of the 'storms' of life and help those that have fallen - Thank You! I hope your Memorial Day is graced with family, friends, and sweet memories of a life well-lived, and a journey well-traveled. Grace and Peace...

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My feet firmly back on our blue planet for 6 months now...but, the dream is still so vivid.."For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." - Vincent Van Gogh

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Mystery of the Lights of Mankind - "...And inside each of us the battle between Light and Darkness rages...Everything in life breathes both the Light and the Dark...Every action and every reaction in life is ruled by this clash...Every injustice and every act of morality...Every feeling of guilt and every sense of forgiveness."

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Birthday WIshes from Space - to my brother, Dave in New York and my nephew, Bobby in Virginia...a photo of 'home' from the heavens...including Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium...I miss you both...Happy Birthday! I hope your special day is 'Out of This World'! - Uncle Doug (5-28-2011)

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Mystery night image..."Children, growing their wings to fly and live...Are the ones shining, the most with hope...The lovely buds of this blooming city. But, are there many of them here? Nope!" - Poetry from this beautiful city...do you recognize it?

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The Thin Blue Line - "The splendor of the sunset would not be, Nor yet the radiant promise of the dawn...Their changing colors we could never see, If thy prismatic lenses were withdrawn...No gentle rains from heaven e're would fall, With sweet aspersions on the earth below...We could not hear the lonely wild bird's call, The crash of thunder, or the water's flow...Or murmur of the night winds soft and low." - Helen Rhoda Hoopes

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ISS night pass in the constellation 'Canis Major', out over the Atlantic, as viewed from Forest Hills, Queens, NY on October 18th last year. For my buddy 'Tony' (AA2TH)...73! I rocked the solar array wings for you... :-)

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"...I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." May 25, 1961 - 50 years ago today...what of the next 50 years?...I hope we don't lose our passion for adventure, exploration and discovery...let's go boldly together...

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"We catch the breeze and sail away...Along the dawning of the day...Along the East, wherein the morn...Of life and truth was gladly born..." - Along the Nile

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Welcome back to planet Earth - Dima, Paolo, and Cady! Soyuz TMA-20 touches down 'softly' :-) on the Steppe of Kazakhstan...Ahhhh...the memories...

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Welcome back to planet Earth - Dima, Paolo, and Cady! Soyuz TMA-20 touches down 'softly' on the Kazakh Steppe... :-) Ahhh...the memories of days gone by...

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