Pizza night in the Russian Service Module is a wonderful crew-bonding experience. We use tortillas for crust, and get very creative with toppings!
Today Sasha and I hosted the SPHERES Zero Robotics competition for middle school students across the U.S. and in Russia. Brilliant young minds competed in writing code for robotic satellites onboard the @iss and watched them run their programs live. What a fun event for the crew and the students!
Getting a GRIP! This experiment studies how microgravity impacts our nervous system and movement control. This helps us understand effects to astronauts on long duration space missions and helps us understand disease processes of the nervous system.
As an assistant scoutmaster and a father of scouts, it was a pleasure to join the World Scout Jamboree from @iss. The #ScoutJamboree, much like Station, brings out the best of international cooperation and service for something bigger than ourselves!
Hello everyone! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. The first few days on @iss have been so awesome. I’m learning to live & work in space, and while my training was outstanding, doing even simple tasks in microgravity puts a whole new spin on things. Here I am on one of my first visits to the “cupola,” our window to see the beautiful Earth.
The absolute hardest part: saying good-bye and watching them walk away.
The Apollo 11 moon landing is remembered as an accomplishment for all humankind and our international crew, launching to the International Space Station, is a beautiful symbol of how nations can cooperate in the mutual exploration of space. The crew of Expedition 60 is honored to pay tribute to this historical achievement and carry the torch for the next generation of space exploration. When we go, “we go together.” #apollo50 #apollo11 #expedition60 #soyuzms13
Last haircut on Earth...last run on Earth...until at least spring 2020!
Press conference earlier this week for crewmates Oleg Skripochka, @astro_jessica and UAE’s first astronaut @astro_hazzaa — we will welcome them aboard for #Expedition61 this fall! I especially look forward to their arrival since #SoyuzMS15 will be my ride home in Spring 2020!
OTD 50 years ago, #Apollo11 began a historic journey to the moon. In four days my crewmates and I will launch on our journey to the @iss . We are proud to follow their legacy of exploration! #Apollo50th #SoyuzMS13 #Expedition60
Every cosmonaut and astronaut launching on #Soyuz plants a tree at the quarantine facility in a memorial grove along the Syr Darya River in #Baikonur #Kazakhstan. I planted mine today, it’s just a little sapling. Compare mine to Yuri Gagarin’s tree!
8 days until launch and training continues in quarantine: here our commander, Alexander Skvortsov, is practicing to fly #SoyuzMS13 manually (vs automatically) in proximity to the space station, “rendezvous” with the @iss and prepare for docking.
Three officers from three different countries united by a mission to space and a duty to serve. In addition to serving our countries, we serve our space programs, the @iss program, and all of humankind. It’s our privilege to serve! #soyuzms13 #союзмс13
My #Expedition60 #Expedition61 crewmates and I departed Star City and flew to Baikonur Cosmodrome after the traditional sendoff breakfast and press conference. We arrived to a warm welcome... it was 38C/100F in the Kazakh steppes! From here we launch on #SoyuzMS13 #СоюзМС13 !!! Photo credit: @gctc_official
One of the coolest space monument-museums I’ve visited: Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. Getting in the mindset to fly down to Baikonur, Kazakhstan in a few days for quarantine and final preparations!
Soyuz final exam complete and successful. Thank you for the well wishes! #SoyuzMS13 #СоюзМС13 #Expedition60 #Expedition61
After exams, certification by the state commission... and press conference!
Complex exams on the #ISS Russian segment and #SoyuzMS13 begin tomorrow. Wish us luck! #Expedition60 #Expedition61 Photo Courtesy: @gctc_official
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Here at @gctc_official the lush green and perfect warmth is such a contrast from the blanket of white and piercing cold of six months ago. They are both so beautiful, I can’t choose my favorite time of year here!
Exactly one month until we launch to @iss on the #Apollo50th anniversary of the #Apollo11 moon landing. We have exams to study for and personal business to attend to, but I’m taking time to learn from the history-making crew: Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
My crew visited Mission Control-Moscow to learn more about our flight plan. Luca waves next to a fantastic mosaic of the Russian space hero trinity: Tsiolkovsky (father of rocket theory), Gagarin (first human in space), and Korolev (chief designer of early Soviet rockets).. Luca is a space hero in Italy!
It’s Friday and Luca and I just finished a fun @iss emergency simulation with crewmates @astro_jessica and UAE’s first astro @astro_hazzaa who will join us this fall. Posing in front of this great Star City statue... next time we’re together will be on #ISS!
OTD 75 years ago, my late great uncle, Harry “Clink” McClintock jumped into Normandy as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. Brave Soldiers like him inspired me to serve in the Airborne! Thank you Uncle Clink, thank you #greatestgeneration for your service. #dday #dday75 #dday75thanniversary @usarmy @usarmyeurope
Jeremy Hansen, Luca Parmitano and @astro_seal and I at Aachen University reviewing real flight hardware for a future @iss spacewalk!
I’m now at the point in training where I have a series of “lasts” in my preparation... here’s my last robotics class with my great instructor Brandy H using @canadianspaceagency Canadarm2 to capture @jaxajp HTV cargo vehicle. Go for capture! #expedition60 #Expedition61 #Expedition62
Stormtroopers in formation. This is a photo I took of a toy display in Akihabara district, Tokyo last year and been saving it for today! #maythe4thbewithyou
Dragon cargo vehicle training @spacex HQ in California along with Suni Williams, Tom Marshburn and a great training team from NASA and SpaceX. #Expedition60 #Expedition61
9 month mission: I’m gonna have some bonus time @iss! Better yet, my mission will overlap with 3 classmates from my astro selection class of 2013: @astro_christina @astro_jessica @astrohague! And a 4th, Anne McClain, I’ll just miss by a few weeks! So lucky to know them and serve with them. See NASA press release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-first-flight-record-setting-mission
Ending a bittersweet final training trip to Tsukuba, Japan during the beautiful cherry blossom season. Thank you, @jaxajp team for the outstanding training and hospitality (@astro.soichi too!). Luca and I will take great care of Kibo, Japanese Experimental Module #ISS
Back in Japan with Soichi Noguchi and Luca Parmitano for our last training trip here @jaxajp before Soyuz (59S) MS-13 launch.
We apply virtual reality to several types of spaceflight training. Here I am practicing to “fly” the Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue or SAFER... a jet pack-like device we can use to rescue ourselves back to the ISS in the unlikely event the cable tethering us to the airlock fails during a #spacewalk. Never plan on needing it, but we always train for the worst possible scenario! #Expedition60 #armyinspace
Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, was born OTD in 1934. He flew this MiG-15, now on display at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, location of our #Soyuz and Russian Segment #ISS training. @roscosmosofficial @gctc_official
#Expedition60 crew relaxing on a winter weekend in Moscow before we head to Kazakhstan this week as we prepare to launch @astro_christina @astrohague and Alexsey Ovchinin on #SoyuzMS12 — Luca and I looking forward to joining them in July!
Андрей и два Сергея! Just walkin’ to class on a winter day in Star City and ran into two of my favorite cosmonauts, Sergei Prokopiev (who just returned from the #ISS in Dec) and Sergei Kyd-Sverchkov! #FriendshipInSpace
#TBT Just about a year ago, Luca Parmitano, Alexandr Skvortsov and I completed winter survival training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia @gctc_official. Here we are simulating an injured crew member after landing. Lucky for us, search and rescue forces are top-notch!
My prior experience with clinical applications of #ultrasound will come in handy on the #ISS as a tool both for studying the effects of microgravity on the body and a medical diagnostic instrument. Here my crewmate Luca and I are working together to scan blood vessels in my neck for an experiment studying how body fluids shift in space!
My #astronaut class, the “8-balls” makes time to stay connected with the newest class of astronauts, the “Turtles,” when training allows. Here Canadian @canadianspaceagency @astro_kutryk prepares for one of his 9 qualifying spacewalk runs, each 6 hours underwater! Go Josh! @nasajohnson
Luca, @astro_seal and I are developing techniques for future #ISS spacewalks on a training device called ARGOS. #Expedition60
Yesterday I practiced maintaining and wearing an actual flight-certified spacesuit in a vacuum chamber. Here I am during the 4-hour oxygen pre-breathe watching “From the Earth to the Moon” through a porthole in the chamber. Reviewing my #Apollo50th history! #Expedition60
Michelle and Grace are part of the extensive team training me to conduct scientific experiments during #Expedition60 #ISS. This funny device on my head indirectly measures pressure around my brain through my ear canal to understand how body fluids shift as a result of microgravity!
Earlier this month Soichi Noguchi (@astro.soichi) and I were training at the @europeanspaceagency European Astronaut Centre and had time to visit the medieval-style Christmas Market in nearby Siegburg. US astronaut and @jaxajp astronaut experiencing Christmas German-style: putting the “I” in @iss !
A year ago this week I finished some of the best training I’ve had as an #astronaut - Navy flight training in the T-6B Texan II at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. Yep, #army guy in a #navy squadron! This week’s #armynavygame is a reminder that our century old rivalry is rooted in great mutual respect!