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The Story of the Birds and the Bees - Goodbye to Space

From the blog post:

This post is about real birds and real bees (sort of). On St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011, I left Houston for Star City, Russia via Frankfurt and Moscow, and the start of my journey to space. As I sat at the airport, I wrote the blog post, "IAH Gate ...

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Great words and pictures Ron. On behalf of all those earthlings who looked every morning forward enjoying to see your astonishing orbital pics and read these inspiring posts here, thank you so much and welcome home in advance! Ehsan

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Thank you Ron, for your wonderfull words. I wish you, Sascha and Andrej a save trip home.

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Thanks a lot Ron, for posting all this time, I find your words very inspiring. I'm looking forward to your future posts. And have a safe trip home!

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Having just watched Soyuz undock and start the descent to earth, I wish you all a smooth ride down to Earth - you'll soon be breathing this precious atmosphere again and I guess that famous Kazakh welcome is only a few hours away! I'd like to join everyone else who has been reading your posts from Space in saying a big Thank You for sharing so many of your insights and experiences aboard the ISS with us and for opening these big windows on the Orbital Perspective through pictures and words which we've gratefully received from you over the months of expedition 27/28. To have been able to see each new perspective of Earth from orbit has been a true privilege. Maybe that big gestalt sensory impression of Earth in the cosmos that Andrey talked about is only possible on an EVA, but like you said: a person doesn't have to go into space to gain that Orbital Perspective. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of the pictures taken aboard the ISS and reading more about your experiences in Space.

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Thanks, Ron, for your giddying images, they have given me wings. A safe flight and landing to you, Sasha and Andrey.

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Thank you so much for sharing all this truly amazing I love that photo of the Northern lights above the earth so wonderful to see our amazing planet from the space station. I feel really blessed to be able to see all this.

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Dear Ron, dear all the crew members like me. i love you all as I love this Planet. I am so happy you are back, and I hope our ISS will keep working. I am really looking forward to see your pictures and to hear more stories deep like this one. It has been a very special and fantastic journey until today. A unique experience. I just discovered that I am crewmember number 876! That is pretty exciting!! best regards from Italy.

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I'm so happy that you have made it home safely. Thank you so much for this blog and the thoughts and images you have shared from space. The perspective from above could be an invitation to all of us to think about our Fragile Oasis in a more global perspective. From up there the disputes and conflicts down here simply are ridiculous, obstructing working for a better living together. That energy should be devoted to serious and reasonable work for mankind in general.

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Hello Peter! Im @giselamj from Venezuela;) glad to see you here too. hello Ron! I am happy to share here in this interesting blog you have created. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and wonderful pictures.Make us realize that we all live there in the bluge planet without frontiers. We must respect our home our place.. our Earth!

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What a wonderful parting post Astro Ron. I want to thank you so much for allowing myself and many, many others to experience the orbital perspective with you. Thanks to you my dream of going to space has come as close as it ever can to actually being there. You have involved us on orbit more than any other astronaut has thus far,shhhhh...don't tell Astro Wheels I said that ;P

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