4th of July email from Doug Wheelock

Received this message from Doug in Outer Space…



Happy 4th of July, from the International Space Station!  I hope your day is full of life, love and laughter and you’re graced with those memories that transcend time.


Thought I would send along this photo and my greetings to our classmates and friends.


Floating in the Russian ‘Service Module’, the oldest part of the Space Station, and the Central Command Post of the ISS.  Photos on the wall behind me are of Tsiolkovsky (a 19th century Da Vinci), the revered Russian ‘Father of Rocketry’ and Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space.  Floating in front of me is the Congressional Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously to Lester ‘Sonny’ Stone, for his act of heroism and ultimate sacrifice on March 3, 1969 in Vietnam.


Sure miss you guys.  Can’t wait to see you, I have so many stories to tell already…no embellishment needed.  I have to run along…we’ve got to try to get this Progress re-supply spaceship docked today.  Don’t know if you heard, but it was supposed to dock on Friday, and went out of control and sailing by us…a few moments of terror on an otherwise tranquil day in space.  More later…


Hope your 4th is the best ever!  I’ll write more soon.