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The Moon Over Afghanistan

The thin blue line of Earth's atmosphere and a low sun painting the clouds red as the half moon sets over Afghanistan on August 22, 2011 – one of sixteen moonsets we see each day from the International Space Station.Keep Reading

Music From Your Space Station

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions to my on-orbit playlist through my blog, via Email, Twitter and Facebook. I attempted to put as many of your suggestions as possible into my “Fragile Oasis” list. As discussed in an earlier post, music is important to feeling connected to life on Earth. The environment onboard the International Space Station is very sterile. ...Keep Reading

Sunrise From Space

The Sunrise From Space - Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires August 27, 2011 Update 8/26/11: The Eastern time zone in the U.S. had the most mentions as of the cutoff of 8:00am Friday, August 26, 2011. But, with #Irene a factor along the U.S. east coast, we'll need a rain (hurricane) check on that! GMT-3 was in a close ...Keep Reading

San Francisco Stopover

"Thanks to my dear friend and amazing guitar player, Davy Knowles, I was introduced to Astronaut Ron Garan presently on the International Space Station. I spoke with Ron first via email and then by PHONE ....... from space?!! I got this idea of having Ron being visually and audibly with us on a screen from space on a screen behind ...Keep Reading

Turning the Page to the Next Chapter of Human Spaceflight - Part 5

Welcome to Part 5, the final post in this behind the scenes look at the historic mission of STS-135, and the conclusion of my reflection about the mission’s only spacewalk. The Beast, Continued STS-135 Spacewalk (EVA) With my feet strapped to the end of the Canadarm, the Space Station's robotic arm, I grabbed a 1,500 pound pump from its storage ...Keep Reading

Turning the Page to the Next Chapter of Human Spaceflight - Part 4

Welcome to Part 4 of this behind the scenes look at the historic mission of STS-135. In this post, I will describe my experience during the mission’s only space walk. I think walking in space is one of the most unique, amazing and awe-inspiring things a human being can do. In “NASA-Speak,” a spacewalk is an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity). ...Keep Reading

Turning the Page to the Next Chapter of Human Spaceflight - Part 3

Welcome to Part III of this behind the scenes look at the historic mission of STS-135. The Commitment to Continue Recognizing the historic significance of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson presented the Expedition 28 crew with a flag that was originally flown to orbit April 12, 1981, on STS-1, the first space shuttle mission. This flag will remain ...Keep Reading

Turning the Page to the Next Chapter of Human Spaceflight - Part 2

Welcome to Part II of this behind the scenes look at the historic mission of STS-135. The main objective of the mission was to help ensure the continued operation and utilization of the International Space Station through at least the end of the decade. To accomplish this, Mike Fossum and I teamed up for our fourth spacewalk together, key station ...Keep Reading

Turning the Page to the Next Chapter of Human Spaceflight - Part 1

Now that the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the crew of STS-135 are safely back on Earth, I want to share a series of posts documenting a behind the scenes look at this very important and historic mission. This is the first. Welcome Atlantis - STS-135 The days and weeks preparing for the docking of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International ...Keep Reading

That's One Small Step for Fragile Oasis...

Originally posted July 20, 2010 On July 20th 1969, at the age of seven, I attended my great-grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration in a banquet hall in Yonkers, NY. My great-grandparents emigrated from Russia to America many years earlier. Late in the evening (late for a seven-year old boy), all the guests gathered around a black and white TV and ...Keep Reading