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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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Starry Starry Night: Celestial Lights & The Ancient Moon

A breath-taking masterpiece being painted in the sky over the South Pole. 'The Southern Lights' brush strokes from the Master's hand… The sacred night makes me think of my favorite impressionist and one of my favorite songs...”Starry, starry night…Paint your palette blue and gray…Look out on a summer's day,... With eyes that know the darkness in my soul….” “…Shadows on ...Keep Reading

Without Borders

Beautiful reflection of sunlight on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. No borders or conflict visible from space…just breath-taking beauty like this view of the island of Cyprus. Over the Sahara Desert approaching ancient lands and thousands of years of history. The Nile River flowing through Egypt past the pyramids of Giza up to Cairo in the delta; the Red Sea, Sinai ...Keep Reading

Hurricane Earl

The ‘Cupola’, attached to the nadir side of the Space Station, gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fyodor took this picture from the window of the Russian Docking Compartment (Airlock). Here I am in the Cupola preparing a camera for our late evening Hurricane Earl flyover…trying to capture the moment… Out over the central Atlantic, just before another ...Keep Reading

First Fragile Oasis Blog Post From Space

We’ve enjoyed the beauty of the Southern Lights over the past several weeks. Now with increased solar activity and as the Summer slowly wanes into Autumn, the Northern Lights are beginning to dance across the skies. The Earth just never ceases to amaze us. Color…Motion…Life…Blessed Days…Sacred Nights… With the pump module problem resolved ‘outside’, we were able to power on ...Keep Reading