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My backyard gym (last autumn). I live 30 miles from town/nearest gym so set up on the back porch. Most of the year it's nice but was 14°F this morning. Did a quick workout!
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Yup, set up some 3/4" black plumbing pipe, anchored to porch beam. Only downside is I hit my head if I go too high. I need to get some 4"x4"x10's or 6"x6"x12's and set up a real 8' high bar. Or maybe go higher and add some rings.
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Thursday night fun: Deadlifts!
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L-130: Logbook

Yesterday was the day of goodbyes... very special goodbyes. How often does it happen that you can say "See you in space in a few months?"...

First Terry and I said goodbye to Butch after one last robotics class together... next time we'll see him will be in November in MRM1, the Space Station module to which we'll dock our Soyuz. Later in the afternoon Sasha and Elena came to say good bye, joking that we'll see them at "customs control"  before being allowed to enter Station.

These people have been part of my world for years - every time I was in Houston or Russia or Europe or Japan, depending how our respective schedules looked like, one or more of them could be "in town"  at the same time. Well, we won't be in town together any more before we rejoin in space.

Butch, Elena and Sasha will leave in September, so I was expecting this moment to come soon. But amazingly enough, looks like I also said my good bye to Scott, whom I will see again on Station when he joins us next March. If we've recalled our schedules correctly, for the next four months we'll be dodging each other around the planet, arriving "in town"  when the other has just left. 

Besides giving bitter-sweet hugs, I had a full training day yesterday with many short events ranging from HAM radio to robotics, from retinal imaging to LAN troubleshooting. One very "different" event I had is the HAP sensitivity training. The HAP is the absorption pad we now apply in the helmet of a spacewalking suit to help mitigate the risk of a water leak event, like the one that happened to Luca last year.

Just like we have glove checks built in our EVA timelines to verify periodically that there is no damage, we now have periodic HAP checks, when crewmembers are asked to "feel" the HAP in the back of their head and report any changes. To get an idea of how it would feel to have the HAP loaded with different quantity of water we now have this HAP sensitivity training. We progressively added more water until, at about 150-200ml, I was confident that I would be able to feel that there is fluid in the HAP. Then we went to maximum capacity - about 600 ml and that's what you see in the picture. The HAP thickens significantly at that point and really pushes your head forward towards the front of the helmet.

Of course, we wouldn't let it go that far. We have procedures in place now to stop the accumulation of water in the helmet!


Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
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#SamLogbook  #Futura42

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS qui:
http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook/

(Trad ES) Tradducción en español aquí:
http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora/

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa ici:
 https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha/ 
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Been there, but there was a few hundred less horsepower, no prize money & no camera to make it look all cool later. One of those "I don't think I could do that on purpose" moments.

Video games just don't translate that feeling when the car is clinging at the edge of control.
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+Walter Moore​ The same effect is dumbing down our smartphones.
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Ha! I knew something happened to American nutrition around WWII. Shelf food (strip food down for low volatility, add salt and sugar as preservatives, etc.) has created the great health debacle of second half 20th C.

"Bobby Stuckey tells Nation’s Restaurant News that while traditional double-zero flour has been used by the industry since World War II, it lacks flavour and is unhealthy. 

During the war, flour “became a commodity that was stripped of nutrients to give it a longer shelf life and making it easier to ship around the world,” writes Bret Thorne at NRN."
Chipotle’s Pizzeria Locale has a new crust made with Edison wheat. 
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It's part of why, if you're making biscuits, one of only a very few types/brands of flour will do. Same for most good breads. Part of why we have several different types of flour in our house (italian flours, southern flour, german flours, etc.).
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“In war you needed to have the man decent, patriotic, but, no matter how patriotic he was, if he ran away he was no good. So it is in citizenship; the virtue that stays at home in its own parlor and bemoans the wickedness of the outside world is of scant use to the community. We are a vigorous, masterful people, and the man who is to do good work in our country must not only be a good man, but also emphatically a man. We must have the qualities of courage, of hardihood, of power to hold one’s own in the hurly-burly of actual life. We must have the manhood that shows on fought fields and that shows in the work of the business world and in the struggles of civic life. We must have manliness, courage, strength, resolution, joined to decency and morality, or we shall make but poor work of it. Finally those two qualities by themselves are not enough. In addition to decency, and courage, we must have the saving grace of common sense. We all of us have known decent and valiant fools who have meant so well that it made it all the more pathetic that the effect of their actions was so ill.” -Theodore Roosevelt
As Teddy Roosevelt is the patron saint of the Art of Manliness, I am of course really looking forward to watching Ken Burns' new documentary on his life (an
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I can't really say how pissed off I am that, we did it, we made it all the way to the moon and back, and did it again, and again, several times, and then we stopped. We shoulda' been on Mars by now and had some large off-planet presence but instead we waste trillions of dollars and thousands or lives fighting over sand and profits. Maybe we don't deserve to move further out.
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Now Mars, there's a lot to mine on Mars, oceans worth of ice & no locals to complain about the pollution. ] ; >

Consider the problem of interstellar travel: Generation ships would cost more than our current global GDP. Cryogenics are a long way from "stasis" beds. Faster-Than-Light remains an open ended question. The most likely scenario for humans reaching the stars involves a lot of robots & equipment flying around for a very long time before any humans get there.

A funny thing about space exploration: The more we learn about the universe around us, the more that knowledge leads us to value the fragile power of the world we all depend upon.
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Who and What: Diesel Sweeties is a pixelated webcomic by Richard Stevens 3 that has been continuously updated since April 2000. Sometimes the people kiss the robots. Be warned. You may know me from "Bacon is a Vegetable," "I'm a Rocker. I Rock Out." or "Music I Like. Music You Like.
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