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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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Docking with the ISS is the final stage in our outbound journey to space. And this is one amazingly well-choreographed piece of space ballet—an orbital dance that slows the capsule from speeds of over 17,000 mph down to about zero!   Happily, the computers at…

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This week was another busy one, although my relative lack of Russian language skills made things quite confusing at times.   Things began with psychology class. While it was formally about how to deal with the acute stresses related to space travel, Nik and I…

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