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After a lazy Monday, Tuesday began our major round of symbolic activities in Moscow. We began in the White Hall of the government’s administration building, where we were re-introduced and our training reviewed along with our testing scores. Then we were formally cleared for flight!…

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19 Sep / Final Exams

The week began with a briefing about the packing and storage of items we will be taking with us in the Soyuz. While I am now done with classes, there are still lots of preparations to complete before I go! We also visited my crewmate…

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My father and his partner Rob Rouleau spent Monday through Thursday this week at Energia, reviewing all of the documentation for our protein crystal growth (PCG) experiment. While there, they made many tiny wording changes, although everyone in the room laughed about how this was…

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The prototypes for my Soyuz TMA 13 patch arrived this week, just in time for our official crew photos! I am proud that I got the chance to participate in their creation, and they are now the official TMA 13 insignia.   Midweek, I had…

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12 Sep / Back To Work

This week (August 18-24), we are performing what I sure hope is the final round of medical exams. I peed in cups, gave blood, wore heart and blood-pressure monitors for 24-hour periods, and had an EKG and multiple EEGs. But hardest of all was the…

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