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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 (New) Moon is Born

I saw the waning crescent moon, a small sliver of white rising above the Earth limb. It reminded me of a glowing fingernail clipping. Like a rainbow of only blue, the atmosphere on edge filled the gap between Earth and space—electrifying diaphanous beauty. Venus was there, watching. Aldebaran in Taurus was an orange dot. The ghost of Full Moon Past, ...Keep Reading

From the Diary of a Space Zucchini: Gardener's Spacesuit

June 17 Excitement is in the air. Gardener said we will soon be returning to Earth. Our part of the mission is nearly complete and the new crew will take over for us. I am a bit worried about Broccoli, Sunflower, and me. If Gardener leaves, who will take care of us? And what about little Zuc? He is now ...Keep Reading

From the Diary of a Space Zucchini: Baby on Board!

June 9 Great news! I have a baby brother sprout! Gardener just showed me baby Zuc. Yes, there's a baby onboard the International Space Station. He is strong and healthy and ready to move from the sprouter into his own aeroponic bag. While Broccoli and Sunflower are great companions, there is nothing quite like having a zucchini-to-zucchini conversation.Keep Reading

With Warm Regards

If Matisse and Van Gogh worked together to make a crew portrait, this is what it might be like: l to r: Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka, Oleg Kononenko, Sergei Revin, André Kuipers (I was running the camera). The thermal camera I used operates in the far infrared, with wavelengths around 10 microns, which is close to body temperature. I was ...Keep Reading