I'm finally here. It's taken three years of training and a lot
of hard work, but I made it. The shuttle docked at the space station at
0900 hours. We started to unload the equipment and supplies.
Trying to work while you're floating around sure is strange
it takes about a week to get used to being in zero gravity.
The view of Earth passing below us is breathtaking.
I've been talking to the crew members who are returning to Earth.
They're excited about going home to their families and friends.
Tuesday, December 24
We began a new experiment today. Dimitri and I are trying to grow rice
in zero gravity. I also did some work on the robotic arm, which wasnít
working correctly when we were unloading the shuttle on Thursday
Itís Christmas day tomorrow, and weíre planning a special dinner. Weíre
having chicken and vegetables, and thereís cheesecake for dessert. Itíll
be weird eating Christmas dinner as we travel through space at 17,000
miles an hour! Weíve set up a video link that will start at 1600 hours.
It will be great to talk to Jake and the kids.
Friday, January 24
Itís hard to believe Iíve been on board the space station for five weeks.
In that time, weíve orbited Earth over five hundred and sixty times!
Iíve just about finished reading all my books. Iíve played my CDs so
many times that Iím sick of them. Luckily, Yuri has let me borrow some
I took some photos of Florida. From
way up here, itís hard to imagine my family moving around down there.
Theyíll be hiking in the mountains tomorrow. We canít hike up here,
but Iíve been spending a lot of time on the treadmill. Iíve discovered
that lifting weights doesnít work in space (ha, ha!).
Saturday, March 1
This is my last week! Itís been an amazing experience living here and
getting to know the other astronauts. Weíve worked hard, but weíve had
a great time too. The biggest challenge has been living in such a small
space. Sometimes Iíve wanted to scream. Even trying to stay clean is
hard work. Iíll never complain about the size of our bathroom at home
Astronauts live on the International
Space Station for up to six months at a time. The views are fantastic,
but it isnít easy being in zero gravity and living in a small space
with other astronauts.