Expedition 31: Letters to Earth

EXPEDITION 31: LETTERS TO EARTH – Astronaut Don Pettit 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. Know it all from the road to space, his spacesuit, Grand Views for the Camera, Earth Photography, space zucchini to going home.

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Grand Views for the Camera
    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.
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  • 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.
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