Mission specialist on STS-74 and performed multiple EVAs on STS-100. Currently training as the commander of Expedition 35.
Good flag placement! - at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, ready for a day underwater
How to rendezvous with a Space Station, antenna switching - Soyuz is at the bottom
Monumental eclipse - Bill Ingalls, NASA photgrapher
Here's how they look all lit up. Soyuz launch - Baikonur, KZ
It's not easy leaving Earth. Count 'em - 32 thrusters on the Soyuz rocket!
Cosmonaut Quarantine - where the crew lives until they launch. Baikonur, Kazakhstan
The Russians understand monuments - Glory to Space Conquest, Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
This time last year, I prepared for Thailand. This time in two years, I'll be prepared for space. Life is great.
Star City in December snow.
How do you reach all the switches in the Soyuz? With this!
Soyuz sim control room - note the flags, and sim in background - Star City
American, Russian and Italian - the 15 Dec Soyuz crew in KZ, dressed for success
Dima and Paolo inside their spaceship, learning the differences from the sim. They launch in 11 days.
At the Soyuz sim in Star City - my instructor Yuri is 73 and knows all
My spaceflight launch is exactly 2 years from now - I'm letting myself get a little bit excited.
It's 27 below zero in Star City. Bill Ingalls took a photo of the Moscow cold.
Helmet and gloves to go for a spacewalk. They work under pressure.
What's in an astronaut's toolbox? You can see the securing tethers on each item.
In the NT-38 cockpit last week, local training flight to Laredo
after yesterday suited underwater, my hands are sore today
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