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Doug Wheelock

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word. Personal Data Born May 5, 1960 in Binghamton, New York and considers Windsor, New York to ...

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Childhood Dreams Of Flying A Spaceship

On this sacred night, when the aurora looked like rain, I reflected back on my childhood dreams of flying a spaceship through the infinite expanse of space... to be among the mosaic of billions of stars, and visit other worlds. Now as I look from space at our planet I realize that had I been born and spent my childhood ...Keep Reading

Seeing This Makes The Heart Soar And The Soul Sing

A clear starry night over the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient lands with thousands of years of history stretching from Athens, Greece all the way around the Med to Cairo, Egypt. Storied lands, fabled cities, and alluring islands... Athens - Crete - Rhodes - Izmir - Ankara - Cyprus - Damascus - Beirut - Haifa - Amman - ...Keep Reading

The Smell of Earth's Goodness

In Node 1 (our dining and food pantry module) juggling our fresh fruit and enjoying the smell of the Earth’s goodness. I never realized how wonderful an unpeeled lemon and orange could smell. When we opened the hatch of the Progress cargo ship, we found the fruit and vegetables on top. It is like finding a treasure! These won’t last ...Keep Reading

The Sails Are Set. Our Course Is Sure. Our Destiny Awaits.

Where natural beauty and human recklessness collide in a big way. Madagascar is so beautiful and so unique, but seeing the streams choked with silt as a result of inland deforestation really saddens me. I hope things can turn around there and future generations will be able to experience this place. Have you been there? What is it like? You ...Keep Reading