Friday, November 2, 2012

A Night in MCC

Today, 2 astronauts suited up and went outside the ISS to perform a spacewalk.
 Today, a procedure that I helped write was executed. We deployed a new radiator and maybe changed the face of the ISS forever.
Source. That's the new radiator on the right, in the back, mid-deploy.
Today I worked a long, exausting, 11-hour shift in ISS Mission Control. I sent about a hundred commands. I commanded rotating joints and power converters. I changed software states and hardware states.
Source. That's a few rotary joints!
 I am lucky I have a job that puts food on the table and a roof over my head. As we say on Passover, "dayenu," which is Hebrew for "it would have been enough."

But I'm luckier than that. I control a laboratory flying 17,000 miles per hour, orbiting 250 miles above our heads. Forget the hours. Forget the stress. This is the coolest job in the world.

I am not just lucky. I'm blessed.

For more info on the EVA:
NASA's Briefing
Spaceflight 101 Coverage
(Disclaimer: Some of the images used here are not from today.  Most of those pictures probably won't be available for a couple of days.)

1 comment:

  1. You are right, you do have the coolest job. Sure makes my numbers crunching look boring...oh wait, everything makes that look boring.