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A Tale of Two Homecomings - Part 1

I just arrived back in Star City Russia after two and a half weeks home in Houston.

At the end of the trip from Kazakhstan to Houston, I was greeted by a wonderful welcome home from friends and neighbors in Nassau Bay, Texas. As we crossed into the city of Nassau Bay, a police car, police motorcycle and fire truck greeted us for a slow speed escort to my home, complete with lights and sirens.

There was a great turnout, and the Garan house was decorated with welcome home banners and one hundred sixty four American flags - one for each day I spent in space on the mission.

The heart-warming welcome was really wonderful after so much time away. It was great to be home!

Return to Star City

As I write this, I have flown back to Moscow, battled the Moscow traffic, and I'm now sitting in the cottage in Star City where I lived for about fifty percent of the time over the two and a half years of training for my mission to the International Space Station.

The NASA cottages in Star City during my training.

Tomorrow I will start the debrief process with the instructors and administration here in Star City. On Friday Sasha, Andrey and I will participate in the Star City Welcome Home ceremonies that signify the successful completion of our mission.

I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends, and the wonderful people here in Star City, and thanking them for all their support during our mission.