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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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Compared with the madness and joy of the previous few weeks, this one (August 11-15) has seen relative calm return to my life. About a third of my classes have been self-study, which for me meant catching up on much-needed rest!   I did conduct…

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Kaluga is like Mecca for cosmonauts, being the hometown of one of my new heroes, Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky. While people like Jules Verne wrote fantasies about how to get to the moon, Tsiolkovsky actually worked out how to do it, in detail, long before the…

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Okay, I know I have been saying how eventful recent weeks have been … well, they keep getting more so!   The main focus for my first week back in Russia was preparing for my biggest and likely most important final exam, ISS Life Support…

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