"As landing day approaches a bit more quickly now, the list of last minute things I need to do before departure seems to expand inversely with the time remaining."
“As we felt the gentle nudge to our Station, Yuri called ‘SEPKA’ (contact) and Dan called, ‘The onion express has arrived!’”
"I remember my first flight in an airplane after returning to Earth after my last expedition."
"Each Station crew member is scheduled for an hour of cardio (either treadmill or cycle ergometer) and an hour of resistive exercise (the equivalent of weightlifting) each day while we are on orbit."
"We have salsa, hot sauce, hot pepper sauce, sun-dried tomato paste, pesto paste, olive oil, catsup-like sauces, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, mustards of various types…"
"During training we cover various malfunctions, including loss of camera views, loss of data or ability to command during bolting/unbolting."
"It was great greeting friends to the station, our little outpost on orbit, but 10 minutes after the smiles, hugs, and back-slapping, we were diving right into the work."
"The launch on the Soyuz was a kinder, gentler launch than that of a shuttle."
"The preflight sequence this time around has been a bit different for me."
As Expedition Five NASA ISS Science Officer, Peggy Whitson sent letters home during her stay onboard the International Space Station from June through Dec. 2002.
Here are video excerpts from the Expedition 16 and 17 crew news conference that also included South Korean spaceflight participant So-yeon Yi.
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station, received a special video tribute to her achievements on International Women's Day.› View This Video
Visit the Expedition 16 photo gallery.
STS-120 set to deliver next U.S. space station component.› View This Video
Happy Thanksgiving from Expedition 16.› View This Video