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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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In My Spare Time: A Weekend With A Freezer

I asked if I could use one of the research freezers for a weekend during my off-duty time. I made thin sheets of water (sort of like a soap film without the soap), about 1 mm thick and froze them. Then I looked at the ice under polarized light using the laptop display as the light source for one direction ...Keep Reading

A Poem for Saturday: Embrace Me, May 5, 2003

Oh Mother Earth, embrace me with all of your weight. I am pressed into your bosom and like Atlas, I carry the World’s load. I leave the comforts of an orbital womb and am born a second time. Expedition 6 crewmates Ken Bowersox, Nikolai Budarin and I leaving the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-1 capsule that brought us ...Keep Reading

A Poem for Saturday: Helen of Earth

Helen of Earth. An Alien force, smitten by the sight of Earth. Stunning occipital pleasure, with a face of such beauty. As to launch a thousand ships, laying siege to our planet, until they can take her as their own. The Kamchatka Coast photographed from the International Space Station 23:27 GMT March 15, 2012. Click for a bigger image.Keep Reading

From the Diary of a Space Zucchini: Fresh Air

March 20 There was a time where I had no memory; I thought this must be the Great Compost. Since waking I heard Gardener talking to me about what happened. We were transplanted once again into new plastic bags. Our stems and roots were trimmed. Our water diet was replaced with a new tea, one that is not salty. Our ...Keep Reading