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Don Pettit

Don Pettit, who has lived in space for 370 days during three missions, is known as Mr. Wizard, Mr. Fixit, and as Dad. He's a chemical engineer, an Eagle Scout, and an explorer on earth and in space. He is ...

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A Poem for Saturday: Halfway to Pluto

Don Pettit Node 2, Deck 5 ISS, LEO I’m halfway to Pluto and Earth doesn’t know The trials of travel in space as we go With thrust to our backs while we speed on our way The blue dot of Earth becomes fainter each day When earthly horizons slip from your view The color of loneliness changes its hue And ...Keep Reading

A Poem for Saturday: One Planet is Not Enough

Last Day in Space by Don Pettit Tomorrow we light our rocket, we burn our engines and likewise, burn a hole in the sky, And thus fall to Earth. How does one spend your last day in space? Looking at Earth, a blue jewel surrounded by inky blackness, Pure Occipital Ecstasy. Unconstrained by your girth, you fly with vestigial wings. ...Keep Reading

From the Diary of a Space Zucchini: The Frontier

Tonight, Gardener and his crew will depart in their seed pod. The replacement crew is ready to carry on in their place. He is wearing his space suit undergarments. Not too stylish but functional. He gave all of us an extra long smell. His nose twitched with the slightest tickle from the leaf hairs on little Zuc. He said that ...Keep Reading

From the Diary of a Space Zucchini: Preparing for Departure

June 29, 2012 The crew is busy with their departure preparations. They are flying back and forth with bags of gear. Gardener tried on a special suit made out of tight fitting fabric. It keeps his roots and stalks from expanding when he returns to Earth’s gravity. He said things will feel real heavy for awhile.Keep Reading