All posts in Space

I think one of the most important things of the space station is international cooperation.

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

I think the reason is very, very fundamental. I think it’s the exploration, the urge to explore that people have. Humans went into deserts, into mountainous regions, onto the poles, on the water. I mean, we don’t belong there; we are not fish or ducks, but we have our intelligence and we’re curious and we want to know what’s there. 

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

Yeah, the life science experiments, life science experiments are always very interesting for me personally but also because they cover a lot of territory.

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

There was one moment where we saw Dragon retreating and I thought ‘oh, we didn’t give that command, what’s going on?’ But it turned out the ground did that because it was having problems with its rangefinder. For a moment we thought it wasn’t going to work, but then they said it was okay to approach again.

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

You don’t want either the station or the Dragon to move around when you’re trying to grab it with the arm so it has to go in free drift so it doesn’t move. 

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

This started the dream. It was adventurous, beautiful and also very useful. I worked as a medical doctor and somehow wanted to advance human kind. It was this combination of the three factors that made me want to go to space.

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

We are part of a moving system with everything turning around each other. 

Andre Kuipers (Dutch Physician)

I got to see a lot of things launch and that’s what really sparked my interest in the space program and as I moved through my career I just kind of always kept that in the back of my mind and realized that I could one day maybe try to be an astronaut and I was lucky enough to be here today. 

Robert S. Kimbrough (Astronaut)

 saw all the Apollo launches. I didn’t really know it because I was an infant but, I was there for all those. But as I grew up as a child, spent a lot of my summers down there with them.

Robert S. Kimbrough (Astronaut)

We lived in the Atlanta area and my parents thought it was really important to spend time with the grandparents and other family members in that area as well as on my mom’s side over in Titusville.

Robert S. Kimbrough (Astronaut)

For the first two weeks after the flight, it’s pretty much all medical testing and you start your rehabilitation, working out kind of getting your strength back. 

Robert S. Kimbrough (Astronaut)

Now I’m in a month long period of debriefs. I’m continuing my rehabilitation and reconditioning physically, but most of the days I’m in debriefings for all the different systems on the space station.

Robert S. Kimbrough (Astronaut)

The big thing to do right after the first few seconds of being in space is to get these cameras out and make sure you've got the subject in field of view and focused.

Donald Pettit (NASA Astronaut)

One of the first things that I really tried to do was to capture what cities at night look like.

Donald Pettit (NASA Astronaut)

Atmospheric airglow [is a] fascinating phenomenon that you could see from orbit, not so much with your eyes, but after you take a time exposure you could see the glow — the whole atmosphere at nighttime glows from solar particles hitting the atmosphere.

Donald Pettit (NASA Astronaut)

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