It’s a funny feeling, following a spaceflight launch where you’ve seen one of the crew in person. Astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron) spoke at the first STS-133 Tweetup on November 1, 2010, and yesterday he launched into orbit as part of the Expedition 27 crew of the International Space Station. He sure looks happy to go! (He’s in the middle, in the above photo.)
Expedition 27 crew members from top, Russian Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan, and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev wave farewell from the bottom of the Soyuz rocket prior to their launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
The Soyuz, which has been dubbed “Gagarin,” is launching one week shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Yuri Gagarin from the same launch pad in Baikonur on April 12, 1961, to become the first human to fly in space.
Hey @Astro_Ron! There’s someone special waiting for you on the ISS, ready to serve your every need – a sleek, attractive feat of modern technology:
……..whoops! Wrong picture. Here you go: