NASA News from Orbit: Docked
1:30 p.m. EST, 12/21/12: A fittingly joyous (and weightless!) welcome for Tom Marshburn ’82 and his crewmates arriving at the International Space Station. (Click “Expedition 34 Welcomes New Trio.”) What the video doesn’t show is the somersault Tom turned for his daughter! And what a great note on which to wish everyone on Earth all manner of Season’s Greetings up to and including a Happy New Year!
9:50 a.m. EST, 12/20/12: Sitting here at my desk full of doughnuts and bagels and with a steaming cup of coffee, my mind races with questions about how astronauts start their day, or even what a day means up there. More questions than got answered in a first interview with Tom Marshburn ’82 several years ago, and many more to ask during his coming five months at the International Space Station. Send me your questions for Tom at josyme [at] davidson.edu or on the Daybook Davidson Facebook page, and I’ll forward to him once he and his crewmates have a chance to get settled in their unearthly new home.
Meantime, tune in tomorrow, Friday at 8:18 at the NASA TV link above to see their arrival “over the river and through the stratosphere” at the International Space Station!
9:39 a.m. EST, 12/19/12: Docking scheduled for 8:18 a.m. Friday 12/21/12, to be covered live on NASA TV link above
Update 7:25 a.m. EST 12/19/12: Safely in orbit!
I just had a last earthbound e-mail from astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82, who signed off thus:
“Last chance to write you from here on the ground. Launch in 20+ hours. All the best from the frozen steppes of Baikonur, Tom.”
Tune in: December 19, Wednesday, 6 a.m. – ISS Expedition 34/35 Soyuz TMA-07M Launch Coverage (Launch scheduled at 7:12 a.m. ET; includes video B-roll of the crew’s pre-launch activities at 6:15 a.m. ET) – JSC via Baikonur, Kazakhstan (All Channels)