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If you haven't toured the International Space Station, this 29 minute video is your opportunity. It is led by astronaut Suni Williams. Suni served as Station Commander for Expedition 33. She landed in Kazakhstan on November 18, 2012, after spending 127 days in space.

Williams has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions; she ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list and second all-time for a female. With 50 hours 40 minutes, she also holds the record total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

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    by jim in IA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:25:32 AM PST

  •  I've been checking the NASA timetable (3+ / 0-)
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    to see when it's next visible in my area at a non-ungodlike hour.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:58:07 AM PST

    •  Some times are very early. (2+ / 0-)
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      I use a service called CalSky. It alerts me to passes visible at my location. That way, I don't ever need to look it up myself.

      Follow the link to the site. At the lower left of the screen is 'Try Our Email Alert Manager'.

      You first need to register and give your e-mail address; it's free − then you can subscribe to aurora alerts, good ISS passes and Iridium flares, satellites and ISS transiting the Sun or planets, your detailed daily celestial calendar, or simply get warned of the full Moon by e-mail.

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      by jim in IA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:10:21 AM PST

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  •  For those wanting the video in HD quality... (3+ / 0-)
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    This site offers several choices.

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    by jim in IA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:02:30 AM PST

  •  This is fascinating. Thanks for posting. (1+ / 0-)
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    She's a good tour guide. Appears to speak Russian, that's useful too. It sure would be important to get along well with people up there. And to have a well functioning digestive tract, seeing how the bathroom works.

    I'm so envious of the floating! I have a spine problem that prevents me from being on my feet for too many hours at a time, and floating in water is heaven for me. Floating in space would be even better! The bone and muscle mass problem is a very real one though, I have to work at that too. Isn't that cool how the exercise equipment is engineered to avoid jostling the station itself.

    We love watching the ISS go by. This time of year it's iffy, because of cloud cover. Summer is great in the PNW for that.

    •  One of the astronaut complaints is back pain. (1+ / 0-)
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      You might not feel better after a while. After prolonged periods of no weight, their discs get a little enlarged causing chronic pain in some.

      Earth's gravitational force compresses our spines; we do not sense the compression because we are used to it. But in microgravity settings this compressive force is no longer present — and our spines stretch! Astronauts actually grow 2 to 3 inches taller (5 to 8 centimeters) when they are in space! The stretching can cause them some pain; many astronauts have back pain while they are in space and the stretching can potentially injure nerves.

      An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~ Ben Franklin

      by jim in IA on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:13:29 PM PST

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