Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Launch minus 1 days and counting

Baikonur day 3

The control board was an amazing event. After all the approvals and speeches were given, there was a press conference with the prime and backup crew after the event. Hardest question was to Astronaut Peggy Whitson, it went something like this “ Being an American, how do you feel about flying with a Muslim? Peggy gave the perfect answer: “The one thing about flying in space you look down at the earth and you see one planet and you realize that there is no reason for war”.

Later in the day we go to the lab to finish loading the hardware. It is now 10PM, we just finished having dinner in the break room. Back in the lab, we are ready to put the endplates on and finish up the assembly of the hardware. May be back in Hotel #1 about 1AM.

Tomorrow: LAUNCH!