Fragile Oasis

Connecting Space and Earth: Learn. Act. Make a Difference.

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My Fragile Oasis Debut Blog --- Thanks Ron!

This is my first blog entry on the Fragile Oasis site. My thanks to Ron Garan for inviting me to participate. I’m really happy to be a part of Fragile Oasis and hoping it will be another exciting way to spread the word about the very positive work that’s going on in space and how that work is helping to improve life for all of us both on and off our planet.

I was blessed with the opportunity last year to spend 91 days living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of the Expedition 20 and 21 crews --- an awesome and enlightening adventure.

Since my return from station I have been training to fly again as a crewmember on STS-133, the last planned flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery later this year. I’m really looking forward to visiting the ISS again, to watching our planet from that wonderful vantage point, and to leaving the space station and her crew with the things they need to continue working into the future.

Through Fragile Oasis, I also look forward to sharing with you some of my memories of life on board the space station, some highlights of training for both long and short duration spaceflights, and try to provide some insight to the cool stuff happening on our space station.