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The new members of the Expedition 22 crew, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are in final preparation for their upcoming mission to the International Space station. Prior to their departure to the launch site from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Creamer told reporters what he’d miss most while in space.

T.J. Creamer: "Probably Bubbles. I really like sparkling water, and we don’t have that on board."

The trio is scheduled to liftoff to the station in their Soyuz capsule Dec. 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi are scheduled to dock to the station on Dec. 22, where they’ll unite with Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev.

More than 16,000 geophysicists from around the world met in San Francisco for the fall American Geological Union meeting. The AGU’s annual event covers topics in all areas of Earth and space sciences. NASA scientists and researchers used the occasion to present a wide range of findings and discoveries. These included a report on the search for evidence of life on Mars, and the latest on the effects of aerosols on the Earth’s climate and atmosphere.

Marc Imhoff: "As always we are very proud to be here at AGU. We have a new booth and it’s designed to display all the different variety of science that NASA carries out and funds and so, of course, here at AGU we’re very heavy one earth sciences and planetary science."

AGU is a worldwide scientific community that advances, through cooperative research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity.

Astronaut Barry Wilmore joined Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to announce a new public education partnership to promote and expand the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — in the Volunteer state. The announcement was made in his hometown at Mt. Juliet High School, Wilmore’s alma mater, following a program in his honor.

Barry Wilmore: "It’s rare that you can take six different personalities from various walks of life and throw them together. But, from our crew, and it’s that way for most crews, but for ours, we just came together; worked hard together, played hard together, and the whole evolution. There’s wasn’t one guy I could single out; they were all fantastic, they all great."

The native Tennessean also attended Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Wilmore piloted space shuttle Atlantis during NASA’s STS-129 mission last month. Promoting STEM learning is a key priority in NASA’s public education efforts.

Celebrated painter and long- time contributor to the Nation’s aerospace fine arts programs, Dr. Robert McCall turns 90 this week. McCall has spent much of his career documenting and artistically translating America’s space program for the public.

Bob McCall: "I wanted it to look real, and yet, clearly, it’s a montage, many aircraft flying in different directions, but there’s a logic behind the flying too. I didn’t want to have two aircraft appear to be about to collide."

Although not a household name, McCall’s work has been published in magazines, displayed in public buildings, and reproduced on U.S. postage stamps. Perhaps best known to the aerospace community is his massive "Space Mural--A Cosmic View." McCall's 70-foot masterpiece depicting the evolution of America's space program greets visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington. His works appear at several NASA centers. He’s also painted scenes for various motion pictures, including "2001: A Space Odyssey." Bob McCall has been honored by the National Aeronautic Association as Elder Statesman of Aviation for his career contributions.

And that’s This Week at NASA! Happy Holidays!

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