Douglas H. Wheelock


Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

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With getting a glimpse into the future...building 'Orion'..."Oh, the Places We'll Go!"

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Remembering my childhood hero, Bobby Murcer…I dream of the day that we finally make cancer history! What a glorious day that will be! If you are searching for real impact for your life…look beyond yourself and start here:


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I love Houston and our brave HPD! Great spending time today with the HPD Multi-Media Production Unit, celebrating our heroes at the Houston Police Department Thank you for your courageous and selfless service to our communities and our great city!

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The 'spacewalk' favorite blend of science and art. Working underwater today...'sharpening the axe'...and so the dance begins...

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So great to be back in my ‘home away from home’! Big NBL run on Monday to prepare for spacewalks this Summer. So excited...but with some very guarded enthusiasm...I haven’t been in the EMU suit since being in space in August, 2010 and wrestling with the failed Ammonia Pump Module... :-/

In ‘the office’ today looking at tools & hardware and reviewing the choreography. We have a tremendous team in place and we’re excited to prepare for the big day.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~Abraham Lincoln

#Go4EVA #NBL #spacetweeps #SQUEE

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The glory of friendship! ‘Spike’ & ‘Tike’ reunion tonight…so excited to spend time with my friend, mentor, and hero…

A photo from our STS-120 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, getting ready to ‘walk in space’…if I only knew what was coming for us with that solar array repair. I look back on that now with such fond memories. The confidence and poise in Scott’s steady leadership; and the genius, innovation, and daring of our Flight Director, our Mission Control team, and the Mission Evaluation Room (MER)…it’s the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure.

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Chase your dreams of space flight, Tarek! Views from space of Egypt & the Nile are just breathtaking!

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Time to light ‘em up! Love being back in the cockpit…I feel at home there. When the afterburners are lit and the runway is dropping away behind me…it is sweet poetry...

"I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Just talked with my Mom up in New York…the ‘blizzard’ is roaring through and Mom & Dad are hunkered down in the falling snow and the blustery wind…to which I replied…”I love not having to shovel sunshine…” :-)

Is that mean? Mom knows I love her…and she knows that I am suffering through these dreadful winter days here on

Warm greetings from the glorious Texas coast. To my friends, family, and followers in the path of this snow storm...stay warm and safe. Have no fear…the Spring is coming… :-)

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Haven’t been in this suit since this photo was taken in space in 2010…excited about the opportunity to work with the incredible team at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory again! Developing the timelines and choreography for spacewalks planned later this year…reliving the memories of yesterday and dreaming of the wonders of tomorrow…

“For once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been…and there you will always long to return.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

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"Time for me to Fly"! Thinking of my friends Kevin Cronin and the band Walking out to my jet this morning into a spectacular Houston sunrise! Keep Rockin'! See you soon!

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So proud of my friend and entrepreneur, Chris Shiver and the team at ‘DreamSaver’! You look great on the cover! Congratulations on the award from - All the best as you press forward soaring on your new wings! Looking forward to our next board meeting on the beach at Starscape on :-)

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I really miss having 16 sunrises every day on the Space's crazy how often my dreams take me back to that magical place. I imagine that I will always long to return...

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

- Antoine St. Exupery

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“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of another is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.

So proud of my country. We have our flaws and scars and faiures and ugly moments...still we press forward. I still believe...the dream is still alive. One glorious day, there will be joy and laughter and peace ever-after.

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Cleveland in January? Not too bad...Highly recommend ! Great fun...then 'Rock On' ... :-)

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Great day ! Love the 'Flywheel' Program...trying to get that changed to the 'Fly Wheels' Program... :-P

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Like the 'Song of the Lorelei' lures me...perfect preparation for the :-P

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With my hero and wingman, J-Rod...happy to be home and not in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is truly the 'Most Interesting Man in the World'...and I just noticed the Dos Equis sign on the wall to prove straight and true J-Rod...I'll be your wingman anytime!

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Merry Christmas!

“And His name shall be called…Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace…”

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, surrounded by life, love, and laughter…and a New Year full of hope, peace, and dreams realized.

Many thanks to my friends, artists Tim and Jorge for this image and their profound inspiration.

Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me…

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Godspeed & ! The office in Houston seems very quiet without you here. Hope you don't mind if and I do a little 'remodeling' while you're gone... :-) Safe travels! Excited to watch you on orbit...and we'll look forward to the tall tales when you return. You are the pride of office 6302 at Johnson Space Center! Beautiful launch! Ad Astra!

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