June 2008

 

Big news to start my second week of June training came in the shape of a freshly tailored Sokol spacesuit. This is quite a departure from the heavily-used models with which we’ve been training until now—not least because it fits, is bright white … and…

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I woke on Wednesday morning raring to start our first simulation sessions for the week, which were scheduled to take place on deck and in the waters of the Black Sea.   Crew one was the first to start training for the long-protocol evacuation. They…

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We departed Moscow at the start of this week aboard a fully loaded Ilyushin 76 cargo plane, which was bound for Sevastopol, Ukraine (a new country for me). Before we loaded up, we were told our crew assignments. Crew one would be TJ Creamer, Shannon…

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11 Jun / Seiko In Space

In April, Seiko Watch Corporation announced that I will be taking a specially designed “Spacewalk” watch into space with me. The intention was for me to wear this on a spacewalk, but unfortunately my dreams of a spacewalk have not materialized. But I still plan…

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We were tested at the end of this week about the Russian control systems onboard the ISS. While there was a lot of ground to cover, I felt confident going into the test, and only missed one question about how to bring up a display…

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