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The Space Station Really Is For Every Generation

cross posted with open.NASA As a child, the space shuttle completely ignited my imagination about exploration. I watched every space movie I could find, and carried around a well-worn copy of the Space Shuttle Operators Manual in one hand and my astronaut doll in the other. My elementary school classes crowded around the television to watch each launch, and those ...Keep Reading

The Collaboration Project

This weekend, NASA, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, HP and the World Bank, through their Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) initiative, will bring together thousands of people in over 31 locations around the globe to “hack for humanity”. Random Hacks of Kindness is a community of innovation that brings together subject matter experts with volunteer technologists to develop open technology solutions to ...Keep Reading

Coming Back Down To Our Fragile Oasis

Saying goodbye to our friends and our home on the International Space Station was bittersweet after nearly six months in space. Although Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and I were eager to return to our beautiful Earth, we wanted to savor our last moments as we took a couple of laps around our Fragile Oasis before coming back down. Today, November ...Keep Reading

A Tale of Two Homecomings - Part 2

Last week, Andrey Borisenko, Sasha Samokutyaev and I were given a wonderful welcome at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, just outside of Moscow. Our day began with an official debriefing of our mission to the International Space Station that began with a launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on April 4, 2011, followed by docking to the ...Keep Reading

My Orbital Perspective

Fragile Oasis bloggernauts show us new and incredible views and insights of our planet from their vantage point 240 miles above the surface. Images from Ron Garan, Nicole Stott, Doug Wheelock and Don Pettit show amazing beauty. Two things are abundantly clear. First, you can’t easily see Earth’s geo-political borders from orbit (though a recent blog by Ron has shown ...Keep Reading

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 ...Keep Reading

Plunging Over Niagara Falls In A Burning Barrel. And More.

About two weeks before my return to Earth, I had a videoconference from the International Space Station with astronaut Scott Kelly who told me about his experience plunging over Niagara Falls in a burning barrel six months before. He was actually describing what his own ride home from the ISS on a Soyuz spacecraft was like. Now that I’ve taken ...Keep Reading

The Story of the Birds and the Bees - Goodbye to Space

This post is about real birds and real bees (sort of). On St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011, I left Houston for Star City, Russia via Frankfurt and Moscow, and the start of my journey to space. As I sat at the airport, I wrote the blog post, "IAH Gate E7: 1st Leg on the Journey to Space" “As I ...Keep Reading

The Overview Effect: I Think It Works Both Ways

It’s been a long time since my last blog entry here on Fragile Oasis. Actually it’s been since March, which was right about the same time as my friend Ronnie Garan was getting ready to launch on his space station adventure to the ISS. In the past 5+ months that he has been up there he has shared some really ...Keep Reading