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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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Astro-Z in Zero-G: The Diary of A Space Zucchini - A Rose

January 18 I am about 15 centimeters high now but still only have four leaves. I am vibrant green and happy. My roots still drink this sour tea but it seems to have everything I need. I am reluctant to ask my crewmate where this comes from. January 19 I found out what the tea is made from. Apparently we ...Keep Reading

Astro-Z The Prequel: Growing Plants in Zero-G

Editor's note: This was originally posted 5 May 2003 during Don's first six month mission to the International Space Station, where he served as Science Officer. Growing plants in the weightless environment of an orbiting spacecraft is much harder than meets the eye. Having a supply of tomato and basil seeds I tried my hand at growing them with results ...Keep Reading

Astro-Z in Zero-G: The Diary of a Space Zucchini - Part 1

@Astro_Pettit takes care of me. He is a gardener in space.— AstroZ in ZeroG (@Astro_Zuc) April 3, 2012 January 5, 2012 I sprouted, thrust into this world without anyone consulting me. I am not one of the beautiful; I am not one that by any other name instills flutters in the human heart. I am the kind that makes little ...Keep Reading

Space Is My Mistress

Space is my Mistress, and she beckons my return. Since our departure I think of you and yearn to fly across the heavens arm in arm. I marvel at your figure, defined by the edges of continents. You gaze at me with turquoise eyes, perhaps mistaken for ocean atolls. You tease me to fall into your bosom, sculptured by tectonic ...Keep Reading