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Friday, December 16, 2005

Space Station Christmas and Big Hair (click pic for bigger image)

Wow. Weightlessness can impart some seriously Frankenbridessness to long hair.

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"December 25 (2001) -- Astronaut Cathy Clarke opened her eyes and yawned. Mission Control was playing Jingle Bells over the intercom for about the two hundredth time. 'OK,' she barked into the microphone. 'I'm awake and I know it's Christmas!'

Cathy, one of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), was feeling homesick.

Back on Earth, she knew, her family was gathered around the Christmas tree, sipping eggnog and opening presents. Later they would radio from Houston, but she yearned to be with them now -- not stuck in an orbiting laboratory, 350 km above Earth, with no Christmas spirit."
(more) Space Station Christmas


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