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When I began to think about developing an emblem for my flight, two things immediately came to mind:   First, I wanted to use my mother, who is a professional artist, to help develop the image; second, I hoped to incorporate some imagery borrowed from…

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The clock is rapidly ticking down! After wrapping up this two-week training session, I’ll be heading home for the final time until after my October flight—now just a little over three months away. On a personal note, we completed the week’s classes on Friday, July…

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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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