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

    Madagascar is so beautiful and so unique.
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  • They say our love won't pay the rent - A prelaunch blog.

    Here in quarantine, it’s been a lot like that morning wakeup scene from the movie Groundhog Day. Today we all hit the alarm clock again to the tune of Sonny & Cher ringing in our ears.
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  • Building Better Computers With Tears of Wine

    Tears of wine form because alcohol has a lower surface tension than water.
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  • Happy New Year From the Home Stretch

    Happy New Year, Everyone!  The start of the New Year brings me into the home stretch of my 2 ½ year...
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  • Final Flight Readiness Examinations

    I would like to start this post out with an apology. It has been almost a month since I last...
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  • Pre-Flight Traditions

    Whenever we end up arriving in Baikonur, I’m really looking forward to being in that place, so close to the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, and where so much space history was made.
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  • Reporting Live From The Baikonur Cosmodrome

    We all have proven that by working together we can accomplish amazing things including constructing in orbit the most complex structure ever built, the International Space Station. If we can do that in space, imagine what we can do working together to solve the challenges facing our planet!
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  • Last Blog Post On Earth - For A While

    There is no doubt in my mind that the world is a safer and more peaceful place today than it would be otherwise if it we had not taken that first step into space. Even at the height of the Cold War, Russia and the U.S. still somehow found a way to cooperate during the Apollo-Soyuz program which accomplished the first docking of US and Russian spacecraft.
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  • My First Blog Post From Space

    About 10 seconds before the planned liftoff we could hear and feel the engines start. When the clock hit zero, we could feel ourselves being propelled upward. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of  the launch of the first human to space, Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev calmly said,  "In the words of Yuri Gararin, Поехали." (We’re off.).  I, on the other hand, let loose with a spontaneous  “Woo Hoo!”
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  • Happy Easter From the International Space Station

    My Easter prayer is that all the inhabitants of our Fragile Oasis come to the realization that we are in this together; that we are all riding together through the universe on this spaceship we call Earth; that love and understanding can conquer all, and that nothing is impossible if we overcome our differences, and then work together to solve the problems facing our world.
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