Commander Peggy Whitson's Space Station Journals

    jsc2007e046444 -- Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson
    Image above: Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson trains for her mission in Star City, Russia at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Image credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Journal Entries

  • ISS016-E-033721 --- NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson

    Chopstick Insight

    "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."

  • Onion Express

    Onion Express

    “As we felt the gentle nudge to our Station, Yuri called ‘SEPKA’ (contact) and Dan called, ‘The onion express has arrived!’”

  • Commander Peggy Whitson

    The Curve of Earth

    "I remember my first flight in an airplane after returning to Earth after my last expedition."

  • Commander Peggy Whitson

    Exercise in Space

    "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."

  • Commander Peggy Whitson

    It’s All About the Sauce

    "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…"

  • Commander Peggy Whitson

    I Love Nominal

    "During training we cover various malfunctions, including loss of camera views, loss of data or ability to command during bolting/unbolting."

  • Peggy Whitson (left) and Pamela Melroy

    Number Two Wire and Pliers

    "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."

  • Soyuz launch


    "The launch on the Soyuz was a kinder, gentler launch than that of a shuttle."

  • Peggy Whitson


    "The preflight sequence this time around has been a bit different for me."

Related Links

  • Peggy Whitson's Letters Home

    Peggy Whitson's Letters Home  →

    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.