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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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Compared with my last visit to Russia, it has been surprisingly cold and drizzly here this week—time to bust out the rain gear and warm clothes! But to make up for the lousy weather, it has been one of our most exciting and eventful weeks…

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We wrapped up our second training session in Star City this past April, giving me a fortnight to make a fleeting trip home before round three of training resumes on May 17. Two weeks at home is obviously not long, though I’m only subsequently back…

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15 May / Art In Space

The weekend after Easter, I jetted over to Las Vegas to take my mother, an accomplished artist, on a zero-g ride so we could experiment with creating art in space. While my mother has long been part of the space program from my father’s perspective,…

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for me to return to Russia for my next round of training. And given that I’ll soon be back in the wintery grip of a Russian spring, I’ve been trying to enjoy the more temperate signs of…

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