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We're Getting The Band Back Together

The Expedition 28 crew is at full strength with the Thursday night arrival to the International Space Station of Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa. They joined Commander Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and myself.Keep Reading

We Are Not Alone

Summary Started the day working with the Fluids Integrated Rack to change biological sample – worms – and check out the new microscope used to examine the samples. Worked on the spacesuits that will be used by Mike Fossum and myself for spacewalks next month during the STS-135 mission. Meet Huey and Louie, Louie. Spoke with students from South West ...Keep Reading

Three Ships Pass In The Night - Part IV - My First Video Blog

Transcript: Greetings from the Cupola of the International Space Station. This is my first ever video blog from space. It’s Part IV of the saga of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s visit here. It’s a good opportunity to try this new mode of communication. I think you will be really fortunate because the sun will set here in a little bit, and ...Keep Reading

Three Ships Pass In The Night - Part III

Welcome to 'Three Ships Pass in the Night' Part III, the story of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s visit to the International Space Station through a series of short recollections: Farewells The "Three Ships" refer to the International Space Station, the docking and undocking of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the undocking of the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft that returned Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady ...Keep Reading

Three Ships Pass In The Night - Part II

Welcome to “Three Ships Pass in the Night” Part II, the story of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s visit to the International Space Station. Things are back to normal after the departure of the Space Shuttle and the crew of STS-134. I'll tell the story of their visit in a series of short recollections. A Rendezvous with Endeavour On Wednesday, May 18th, ...Keep Reading

Three Ships Pass In The Night - Part I

Greetings from the International Space Station. I am enjoying some time off after an incredibly busy two weeks. Since my last post, the Space Shuttle Endeavour docked, and then undocked after a very successful and productive mission. As I write this, the Endeavour crew is making final preparations for their return to Earth after sixteen-days in space. In the middle ...Keep Reading

Beginnings and Endings: Lots in Between

I’m about to start my seventh week in space. It will be busy one - with the docking of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the crew of STS-134, and then a few days later, the undocking of the Soyuz spacecraft that will return to Earth with Dima, Paolo and Cady after almost six months in space. Dima, Cady and Paolo ...Keep Reading

The 3rd Rock from the Sun is a Fragile Oasis

by Ron Garan The focus of Fragile Oasis is not on the problems of the world, but on how the problems of the world are being solved by amazing people. Fragile Oasis is dedicated to improving life on our planet, and highlighting those people and organizations making a difference. It is very difficult to look at our beautiful Earth from ...Keep Reading


Every day on the International Space Station brings a new and remarkable experience. For instance, early last week I was working in the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is docked to the Russian-built Zvedza Service Module. Suddenly, I heard what can only be described as the banging of a muffled bass drum reverberating off the metallic shell of the ATV. ...Keep Reading

Happy Easter From the International Space Station

I am writing this very early Easter morning. I took pictures of the Holy Land and other areas in the region yesterday, April 23rd, and thought it appropriate to share with everyone. Jerusalem It's interesting that I've spent one Easter (2006) living on the bottom of the ocean during the NEEMO-9 mission and now I'm spending one in space. Scuttle ...Keep Reading