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STS-135 Spacewalk Wrap-up

Mike Fossum and I were working outside the International Space Station on July 12; STS-135 Mission Specialist Rex Walheim choreographed our space-walk from the inside. We talked about the Spacewalk and our Fragile Oasis, the day before he and the rest of the STS-135 crew left the Space Station aboard Atlantis for one last ride home. When I climbed through ...Keep Reading

Cupola Corner 1 - Conversation With Chris Ferguson

Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson joined me in the International Space Station cupola for some conversation about the space shuttle, and how we can communicate what we see from space in a way that will inspire people to make a difference. How are you making a difference on our Fragile Oasis?Keep Reading

The Stuff of Life - A TED Talk From Space

TED exclusive video: US astronaut Ron Garan is currently on board the International Space Station with five colleagues from the US, Russia and Europe. (This is Garan's second trip to the ISS.) For TEDGlobal, he recorded a talk sharing the perspective from space and describing the wide range of scientific experiments that are run on the station during missions, taking ...Keep Reading

I Salute You My Friends

I salute you, my friends! Duty calls and I must fade off the 'grid' for a bit. I'll be flying again, in support of 'Operation Enduring Freedom' and plan to return home sometime in the Fall. If the opportunity arises, I'll try to 'tweet' from 'the zone'. I won't be able to share the details for now...but, be sure that ...Keep Reading

In the Spirit of Yuri's Night - Thank you #FromSpace

I accept this (Spirit of Yuri's Night) award on behalf of everyone who is striving to use space exploration to contribute to the future of humanity on earth and in space, and the people involved with our efforts at Fragile Oasis to use the orbital perspective to help inspire people to make a positive difference on our planet. [Editor's note: ...Keep Reading

What Kind of World Do You Want?

by John Ondrasik Guest Bloggernaut I'd like to thank my friends at NASA for taking the question "What Kind Of World Do You Want" to new heights, as well as creating the coolest Five for Fighting video to date! What kind of world do I want? The world I want is one in which mankind continues its exploration of our ...Keep Reading

The Fragile Oasis Community Making A Difference

The Fragile Oasis prize is a medal that flew onboard the International Space Station to be awarded to submitted projects and/or their sponsoring organizations that have made an impact in the areas of Education, Humanitarian Service and Peace. As a Fragile Oasis crewmember, you will be able to help us select the projects and/or organizations deserving of those awards.Keep Reading

I've Always Had A Thing For Space

by John Ondrasik Guest Bloggernaut I’ve always had a thing for space. As a kid, I had the rare privilege of playing Star Trek on the main frame at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Dad was an astrophysicist working on Mariner and Viking. In the days of computer punch cards, firing phasers could take 15 minutes. My ...Keep Reading

How Overwhelming Transforms Into Possible

It is often overwhelming when we think of what needs to be done to ensure all human beings are treated in dignity and rid of poverty. Overwhelming. Overwhelming is like the word “impossible” to me. I try to avoid using it. When Ron Garan asked me to be part of his Fragile Oasis initiative, it confirmed that there are so ...Keep Reading