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.

Two years ago today…November 25, 2010...we touched down in our spaceship in Kazakhstan...amazing how the time slips away, like sand in an hourglass.  The memories of this fiery ride home to Earth are still so vivid in my mind.  A quick photo of Shannon, Fyodor, and me shortly before our departure in the Soyuz capsule.

I once described the ride home like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel…that has been set on fire!  A bit difficult to describe in ‘earthly’ terms…let’s just say that the senses are heightened and the intensity does not disappoint…how’s that?  :-) 
   
Many thanks to our engineers, flight controllers, flight director, and our teams in Mission Control – Houston and Mission Control – Moscow, for helping us get home to the planet safely.  To Shannon and Fyodor…Happy Anniversary!  I miss you both and hope to fly again someday with you…

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Two years ago today…November 25, 2010...we touched down in our spaceship in Kazakhstan...amazing how the time slips away, like sand in an hourglass. The memories of this fiery ride home to Earth are still so vivid in my mind. A quick photo of Shannon, Fyodor, and me shortly before our departure in the Soyuz capsule.

I once described the ride home like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel…that has been set on fire! A bit difficult to describe in ‘earthly’ terms…let’s just say that the senses are heightened and the intensity does not disappoint…how’s that? :-)

Many thanks to our engineers, flight controllers, flight director, and our teams in Mission Control – Houston and Mission Control – Moscow, for helping us get home to the planet safely. To Shannon and Fyodor…Happy Anniversary! I miss you both and hope to fly again someday with you…



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Kikucchi 1310 days ago

wow! already 2 yrs! love to hear more about exit or reentry experience in more detail:-) truly enjoyed all your tweets from #ISS hope you get to go back again :-))

50505026 1312 days ago

thanks god

Kickalien 1312 days ago

Yes, that was a great day when I heard the report that your ship passed over HawaiiI, and I remember your great smile just after the landing.
私たちも鮮明に覚えてますよ!

omaflinger 1313 days ago

I met you one year ago at #MSL. Thank U for staying for pics n talk.Great memories from launch.

lindaleigh 1313 days ago

Wow 2 yrs. since u went over the falls in a barrel on fire! That went so quickly! Do u miss it?!!