NASA Audio File

New Members Of The Expedition 24 Crew Interviews
06.09.10
 
NASA astronauts Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker, and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin will launch on their Soyuz TMA-19 to the International Space Station at 5:35 p.m. EDT on June 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The Soyuz crew will join Expedition 24 crewmates Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mikhail Kornienko and Commander Alexander Skvortsov aboard the orbiting laboratory. Caldwell Dyson, Kornienko and Skvortsov have been on the complex since May. 

Douglas H. Wheelock, Expedition 24 Flight Engineer/Expedition 25 Commander  

Cut 1 (00:55) - “I, of course, I wanted to be an astronaut—I think in 1969 any nine-year-old boy at that time wanted to be an astronaut—but it was like something that was only a dream. So I never really thought about it until I got up into my teenage years. I thought, man, I’d really love to fly; I just want to fly. I don’t care what, I just want to fly something. So when I went to the military academy I came out and went into aviation and just developed a love for flying. Then as I progressed in my flying career, I started thinking about this astronaut thing, and I thought that might be something that’s kind of cool.”
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Douglas H. Wheelock, Expedition 24 Flight Engineer/Expedition 25 Commander  

Cut 2 (00:30) -“So I see us going beyond Earth orbit, and I don’t know what the machine will look like, but I know it’s going to be incredible and most of the engineering that’s in that machinery will have been derived from what we’ve learned from the space shuttle, the space station, the science that we’re doing on the space station. That’s what’s going to take us out of the grip of Earth orbit to some world beyond.”
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Shannon Walker, Expedition 24/25 Flight Engineer

Cut 3 (00:42) - “The first thing I’m looking forward to, of course, is the launch because I haven’t been in space before, and I just want to know what a launch is going to feel like. Being an active part of it is going to be very exciting. And then once I’m there learning how to live and work in space; shuttle missions are pretty short, but long-duration [missions], six months, you really get a feel for what it’s like to live in space, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
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Shannon Walker, Expedition 24/25 Flight Engineer

Cut 4 (00:23) – “There’s a lot of research that has happened on the station that has been fed out into products and life on Earth. We’ve improved air handling capabilities in places. Actually one of the most recent accomplishments was a salmonella study that they did, and they were actually able to isolate the gene in the salmonella virus that causes it to be rather virulent. Right now, as I understand it, the company that sponsored that research is working with the Food and Drug Administration to do clinical trials for a vaccine so the science is progressing, and it is contributing a lot to Earth.”
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Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 24/25 Flight Engineer

Cut 5 (00:24) - “I had this dream; I graduated high school, physical and mathematical school, for this dream; I graduated Moscow Aviation Institute, and now I may tell you, my dream is done?  After done, I have a question [mark]; no, my dream continued.  I’m lucky man. “
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