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Expeditions Diaries Expedition 31: Letters to Earth
 
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Going Home
Topic: Missions
01/21/13
As his mission comes to an end, Expedition 31 crew member, Don Pettit, reflects on the view of Earth and beyond from the International Space Station.

An Astronaut's Guide
Topic: Missions
01/14/13
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, continues his documentation of life on the space station. In this installment, he talks about how astronauts maintain their health and the etiquette of a dinner with friends in microgravity.

Diary of a Space Zucchini, Part 5
Topic: Missions
01/07/13
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, continues to document the life of a zucchini grown in orbit on the International Space Station. Studying how plants grow in space can help astrobiologists understand how Earth life adapts to the space environment.

Slicing Up Time on the Space Station
Topic: Missions
12/17/12
Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the International Space Station. In this installment he talks about how astronauts spend their time on the ISS - from performing experiments to simply trying to stay alive.

Beating Stray Light
Topic: Missions
12/10/12
Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the International Space Station. In this installment he talks about dealing with reflected light in space photography and capturing images in the far infrared.

Black Spots on the Sun
Topic: Sun
12/03/12
Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the International Space Station. In this installment he talks about observing solar phenomenon from Earth orbit, and the continued care of the plants he has been caring for on the ISS.

Sprouting in Orbit
Topic: Missions
11/26/12
Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the international space station. In this installment he reports on the progress of plants being grown in the conditions of low Earth orbit.

The Beast on the Space Station
Topic: Missions
11/19/12
In his latest diary entry, astronaut Don Pettit talks about how exercise is used to stay healthy on the space station. Pettit also looks at the crystal structure of ice sheets made in space, questioning if they could be different than 'normal' ice that forms on Earth.

What Makes a Mission Name?
Topic: Missions
11/12/12
In his latest diary entry from Expedition 31, Don Pettit discusses daily life in microgravity on the International Space Station

Diary of a Space Zucchini, What do Dragons Eat?
Topic: Moon to Mars
11/05/12
Don Pettit continues documenting the progress of plants grown on board the International Space Station. By studying different plants, from sunflowers to zucchinis, the experiments are helping scientists understand how life from Earth adapts to the space environment.

Diary of a Space Zucchini, Part 2
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/29/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, continues to document the growth of plants in microgravity conditions onboard the International Space Station. These studies provide insight into how Earth life adapts to the space environment.

Flashes of Reality
Topic: Missions
10/22/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, discusses the effects of spaceflight on the human body and the machines that help keep astronauts alive beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Diary of a Space Zucchini
Topic: Moon to Mars
10/15/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, documents the life of a zucchini grown in orbit on the International Space Station. Studying how plants grow in space can help astrobiologists understand how Earth life adapts to the space environment.

On the Trails of Stars
Topic: Missions
10/08/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, proves that the sky is not the image for artistic compositions as he points he snaps photos from the vantage point of the International Space Station.

Blood and Treasure
Topic: Missions
10/01/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, discusses the treasures that spaceflight may hold for humanity. Research on the International Space Station is helping scientists understand how life as we know it functions, and how it adapts to the space environment.

Earth Photography: It's Harder Than It Looks
Topic: Missions
09/24/12
In this installment of his diaries from the Expedition 31 crew, astronaut Don Pettit talks about the difficulties of photographing Earth from orbit. Viewing our planet from above provides important information about our planet, including the effects of climate change on the land and oceans.

Flying Without Wings
Topic: Missions
09/17/12
Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the International Space Station. In this installment, he comments on what he will miss when the mission ends, and the complications of dealing with waste in a limited space while in orbit.

The World Through a Looking Glass
Topic: Missions
09/03/12
Don Pettit, member of the Expedition 31 crew, discusses the laboratory that humankind has built in orbit of the Earth. The International Space Station offers many unique conditions in which to study life's adaptation to the space environment.

The Sweet Smell of Molecules
Topic: Missions
08/20/12
Astronaut Don Pettit continues his account of the Expedition 31 mission. In this installment, he talks about how space has a certain smell, the difficulties of shaving in microgravity, and the lakes of Kyrgyszstan.

Perpetual Twilight
Topic: Missions
08/13/12
Don Pettit recounts life on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. Some of his unique experiences include using chopsticks in microgravity, and orbiting in the Earth in perpetual twilight.

Grand Views for the Camera
Topic: Missions
07/30/12
Astronaut Don Pettit recounts his arrival at the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew, and some notable views of Earth from orbit that he glimpsed from onboard.

Godspeed to Earth
Topic: Missions
07/23/12
Astronaut Don Pettit recounts the days leading up to the launch of Expedition 31, as well as some of the more every-day aspects of living on the International Space Station.

Me and My Spacesuit
Topic: Missions
07/16/12
Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. In this diary entry, he discusses the marvel of spacesuits and his stay at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

What Makes an Explorer?
Topic: Missions
07/09/12
Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. While in orbit, he posted a series of diary entries about his experiences on the station and the important research that the crew conducted concerning life's adaptation to the space environment.

The Road to Space
Topic: Missions
07/02/12
Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. While in orbit, he posted a series of diary entries about his experiences on the station and the important research that the crew conducted concerning life's adaptation to the space environment.
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