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Did You Know You Could Burn Water?

One of the main objectives of this blog is to highlight the scientific research being conducted on board the International Space Station (ISS). Specifically, I like to highlight how the research can improve life on Earth. This past week, I had quite a bit of training on some of the experiments I will be participating in while I’m on board ...Keep Reading

Docking is Cooperation

Yesterday our STS-133 crew had a rendezvous and docking class in the simulator. My memories of docking with the space station on STS-128 stand out for me because of the first beautiful view you get of the ISS as you approach and how it changes from this tiny pinpoint of light to this incredible, shining spacecraft filling up the shuttle ...Keep Reading

My Fragile Oasis Debut Blog --- Thanks Ron!

This is my first blog entry on the Fragile Oasis site. My thanks to Ron Garan for inviting me to participate. I’m really happy to be a part of Fragile Oasis and hoping it will be another exciting way to spread the word about the very positive work that’s going on in space and how that work is helping to ...Keep Reading

The 200 Best Songs in the World

I am presently building an iTunes playlist to take with me for my 6-month tour on board the International Space Station. I’m calling the playlist “The Best 200 Songs in the World”. Presently I have 68 (listed below in alphabetical order). I would really appreciate your suggestions and I'm open to any genre. Please just add your suggestions in the ...Keep Reading

Improving the Planet's Ability to Feed all Inhabitants

Part II of how scientific research being conducted on board the International Space Station can improve life on Earth. Another great experiment that we will participate in while on board the International Space Station is the ISS Agricultural Camera (ISSAC) experiment. ISSAC is a multi-spectral camera that will be installed in a special dark “closet” that is attached to the ...Keep Reading

InSpace-3 (I get to use the words: 'Colloidal Emulsions')

One of the main objectives of this blog is to highlight the scientific research being conducted on board the International Space Station. Specifically, I like to highlight how the research can improve life on Earth. This past week, I had quite a bit of training on some of the experiments I will be participating in while I’m on board the ...Keep Reading

Маленький шаг для Хрупкого Оазиса

20 июля 1969 года в возрасте 7 лет я присутствовал на праздновании пятидесятилетней годовщины свадьбы моих прабабушки и прадедушки, которое проходило в банкетном зале в городе Йонкерс, штат Нью Йорк. Задолго до этого мои прабабушка и прадедушка иммигрировали в Америку из России. Поздно вечером (для 7 летнего мальчика) все гости собрались у чёрно-белого телевизора и наблюдали, как Нил Армстронг и ...Keep Reading

Japan in July

Another successful training trip is over. Just returned from a quick week trip to Japan. Scott Kelly and I spent a week with the Japanese Space Agency in Tsukuba Japan (about 2 hours NE of Tokyo). During the week we trained on the systems of the Japanese “Kibo” Laboratory (Kibo means Hope in Japanese), the systems, rendezvous and robotic docking ...Keep Reading

June 2010 Star City Training Trip Winding Down

Well my training trip to Star City is coming to an end and the last week has been very eventful. Starting with last Friday night, I attended a docking party hosted by Expedition 24 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin’s, wife Larisa. It was fun celebrating a successful launch and docking with all the cosmonauts, astronauts, families, managers, and trainers here at the ...Keep Reading

Star City: June 2010 Let the Sims Begin!

I started training this week with my Expedition 25/26 backup crewmembers Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko (2 Russian Cosmonauts that I spent time with on the ISS during STS-124 - Together we are the back-up crew for the Soyuz that will launch this October). Tomorrow is the 2nd of 3 Soyuz simulator training sessions. Today we practiced rendezvous and docking ...Keep Reading