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Godspeed to Earth

From my perspective, I will soon be sitting in my rocket watching everyone on Earth move off into the frontier

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I took this picture of the Soyuz 27s launch last June.

As you get closer to launch you shed earthly possessions, and your worldly stuff becomes meaningless. In my dorm room I give away my things, the tangible items needed on Earth that are of no use to me anymore.  I shed the onerous chores of e-mail, phone calls, and mandatory web-based sensitivity training.  I no longer worry about filling out my time card.  None of this matters anymore.  I am at the point where the only material things of concern are my spacesuit and rocket.  A part of my heart, carefully barricaded into a small corner, is reserved for my family.  As needed, I will allow such thoughts to fill me with strength.

From my perspective, I will soon be sitting in my rocket watching everyone on Earth move off into the frontier.  Thus I say to you all, “Godspeed.”

Editor’s Update: Don’s Soyuz launched on time from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 8:16 a.m. Eastern U.S. time on Wednesday. Docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for Friday, December 23 at 10:22 a.m. Eastern time.

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