Godspeed to Earth
From my perspective, I will soon be sitting in my rocket watching everyone on Earth move off into the frontier
As you get closer to launch you shed earthly possessions, and your worldly stuff becomes meaningless. In my dorm room I give away my things, the tangible items needed on Earth that are of no use to me anymore. I shed the onerous chores of e-mail, phone calls, and mandatory web-based sensitivity training. I no longer worry about filling out my time card. None of this matters anymore. I am at the point where the only material things of concern are my spacesuit and rocket. A part of my heart, carefully barricaded into a small corner, is reserved for my family. As needed, I will allow such thoughts to fill me with strength.
From my perspective, I will soon be sitting in my rocket watching everyone on Earth move off into the frontier. Thus I say to you all, “Godspeed.”
Editor’s Update: Don’s Soyuz launched on time from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 8:16 a.m. Eastern U.S. time on Wednesday. Docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for Friday, December 23 at 10:22 a.m. Eastern time.