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Saturday Morning in Space

As I write this, it’s Saturday morning April 16th, and I’m floating inside my little crew quarters with a drink bag full of hot coffee. In the Node-2 module of the space station we have crew quarters for four, which are closet size living areas with lights, ventilation, computers and a sleeping bag in each. The crew quarters in Node-2 ...Keep Reading

Houston - Wind from the Gulf

by Dmitry Kondratiev Houston Wind From the Gulf Хьюстон. Ветер с залива Dmitry Kondratiev Дмитрий Кондратьев Commander of the ISS-27 Командир МКС-27 14 April 2011 14 апреля 2011 года Cross posted from Russian Space AgencyKeep Reading

Greetings from the Commander of the ISS

Dear friends! On behalf of the crew of the International Space Station, I would like to congratulate you on the 50th anniversary of the first-ever manned space mission. This event was made possible thanks to the tremendous and selfless work of millions of people: engineers, designers, scientists, workers and employees. Flight of Yuri Gagarin's opened a new epoch in human ...Keep Reading

Our New Home

Arrival to the International Space Station was like something out of '2001 Space Odyssey!' On the day of our rendezvous with the Space Station, Alexander (Sasha), Andrey and I changed back into our spacesuits, took our respective places in our Soyuz Descent Module and closed the hatch to the Habitation compartment. The entire space station was pitched up 90 degrees ...Keep Reading

My First Blog Post From Space

Greetings from the International Space Station. This blog was actually written while onboard the Soyuz during the 2-day trip from launch to the space station. But I’m now down linking it from the space station – enjoy: April 4th 2011, the crew of Soyuz TMA-21 woke up at about 8:30am, we were able to spend an hour or so with ...Keep Reading

Last Blog Post On Earth - For A While

Yes, this is my last blog post on Earth (at least for awhile) but hopefully, shortly after we arrive on the Space Station, I can start posting again. Here I sit in my quarantine room a day before launch. The last week was spent conducting review classes, going over our procedures, checking out our spacecraft systems and provisions and participating ...Keep Reading

Reporting Live From The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Here I sit in the quarantine facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. We arrived on Monday the 21st of March after a wonderful send off in Star City, Russia. Crewmates Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev, and Andrey Borisenko just before boarding the plane for a 3 and 1/2 hour flight from Star City to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Our ...Keep Reading

Love Our Planet!

A friend gave me this card with a very thoughtful gift before launch and I couldn’t not take it with me to space. I just thought it was so perfect, so I stuck it in my crew notebook and took it with me. It fit right in at the window of the Cupola. When I left the space station after ...Keep Reading

Pre-Flight Traditions

The two-and-a-half years of training for the Expedition 27/28 missions culminated last week with our participation in pre-launch traditions. Last Friday, we went before the State Commission. The State Commission was headed by Sergey Krikalev. Besides being the Chief of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Sergey has spent more time in space than anyone in history (803 days 9 hours ...Keep Reading

Final Flight Readiness Examinations

I would like to start this post out with an apology. It has been almost a month since I last updated everyone here on Fragile Oasis. I will try harder to keep everyone updated more frequently as our launch draws closer and even after we are on orbit. These past few weeks have been very busy and have marked the ...Keep Reading